SLEEPLESS WHEREVER, AND WHY
In his new movie, it’s mourning for his deceased wife that keeps Tom Hanks Sleepless in Seattle and makes Meg Ryan reach out to him. So we asked partygoers at the film’s New York City premiere: What makes you sleepless?
CHYNNA PHILLIPS: Sleeping alone. It’s hard to sleep when I’m traveling and I don’t have Billy [Baldwin].
ROB MORROW: Everything. Work. Stress. Age. Insomnia itself. I don’t sleep much anymore.
NORA EPHRON (director of Sleepless): Eating steak at 11:30 at night—or MSG—makes me sleepless, but that’s about it. I used to be much more sleepless. especially when I was single. But now I’m married, and besides I have a very nice over-the-counter sleep remedy.
MORLEY SAFER: I only sleep about 2½ or three hours a night, so I’m sleepless in New York City, sleepless in Beirut…. A big night is four hours. Fortunately, I can sleep on a plane.
MIKE MYERS: When my hockey team loses. But I’ve got one of those hand-held electronic poker games, and unless I start getting a good hand, that usually puts me right to sleep. Or I tune into A&E network. That always works.
RON SILVER: Quiet. I grew up in New York City, so unless I hear the garbage being collected and people yelling on the street, I’m awake till 6 a.m. If I hear birds chirping, I see the sun come up.
ROSIE O’DONNELL (Becky in Sleepless): Heartache. When I’m in a turbulent relationship. I’m usually sleepless, tossing and turning and trying to find a remedy. I get up and play Nintendo: Super Mario Bros. 3.
CALVIN TRILLIN: Nothing. I sleep like a baby from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. On a Saturday night, I might slay up till 10.
TOM HANKS: My kids. If they’re having trouble with things that happen when you’re 11 or 15 years old, things they have to figure out for themselves and I can’t stop it from happening, I’m up pacing around or watching those Tom Robbins [motivational infomercial] shows that are on at 3 o’clock in the morning.
RITA WILSON: My husband [Tom Hanks].
Standing 6’4″ in an Armani suit and narrow sunglasses, Jeff Goldblum looks born to play glamor-boy mathematician Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, a character he describes as specializing “in the new math field of chaos, which says life is unpredictable.” So unpredictable, in fact, that nature took director Steven Spielberg and company by storm—with a hurricane on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that destroyed the movie’s sets and terrified the actors far more than did the Tyrannosaurus rex. “It was sort of like my 40th birthday,” says Goldblum, who celebrated that milestone about a month later. “An unstoppable natural occurrence of power and primal magic.”
Transforming a cartoon cutup into a live-action hero for Dennis the Menace came easily to Mason Gamble, a mischievous 7-year-old. He had the good luck to costar with Walter Matthau, who plays Mr. Wilson, Dennis’s long-suffering neighbor. Not that Gamble needed acting tips. “Walter didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know,” says Gamble, who had previously done TV commercials. “He mostly just told me jokes. The funniest thing was getting to shoot an aspirin into his mouth with a slingshot. Walter was acting like he was asleep, opening his mouth and yawning. Once in a while I hit his teeth, but usually I shot straight.”