Chuck Arnold
March 17, 1997 12:00 PM

HOW TO HUSTLE YOUR BUTTLE

So how did British rocker Sting prepare to play a bed-hopping butler in the black comedy Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets? “First I thought that I could just watch an Anthony Hopkins film because he makes such a good butler,” says Sting, 45. “Then I did one better. I hired the guy who taught Anthony how to buttle.” But he didn’t stop there. Sting practiced by giving his own English mansion the white-glove treatment. “I answered the door. I checked on supper. This was all much to the delight of my wife [actress Trudie Styler, who produced and appears in the movie]. Next thing you know I’ll be doing the cooking.” Sting takes a pragmatic approach to his new avocation. “Now if music doesn’t work out, I have a future,” he says. Not that his services would be cheap. “I’d be expensive because I do a good job,” adds Sting, “and I do have a certain lifestyle to maintain.”

HOME IMPROVEMENT

Working mom Connie Sellecca, 41, who stars in the TV movie Something Borrowed, Something Blue (CBS, March 11), says her day is never done. “Basically, I’m a neat freak, and Gib [her 15-year-old with ex-husband Gil Gerard] and John are slobs, so I walk around picking up their things,” Sellecca says of her son and husband John Tesh, with whom she has a daughter, Prima, 2. And no, she can’t wind down by listening to Tesh’s tunes. “John will start playing a new song and ask what I think,” says Sellecca, who coproduced Tesh’s latest album, Avalon. “If I twitch the wrong way, he thinks I don’t like it. It is not,” she adds, “exactly relaxing.”

THE GETAWAY

The new cohost of MTV’s Singled Out, Carmen Electra, 24, sympathizes with the dating disasters of her show’s female contestants. “I once went out on a date with a guy who took me to Pizza Hut,” says the former Prince protege who is also set to star on Baywatch next season. “He didn’t have any money on him, and I didn’t have any money on me, so we had to run out [without paying]. He went to get the car, and I pretended to use the phone. As soon as the car pulled up, I ran out and we drove off.” Destination: Splitsville? “Well, we continued to see each other for a while,” Electra says, “but I wasn’t very impressed.”

SEEING DOUBLE

Arsenio Hall has returned to television as a newly married sportscaster on the ABC sitcom Arsenio. So where has he been hiding since his talk show went off the air in 1994? “I got a big easy chair and sat on my butt in front of my TV,” says Hall, 41, who doesn’t miss the late-night grind. “Honestly, I thought, ‘If I have to talk to the Olsen twins [10-year-old actresses Ashley and Mary-Kate] one more time, I’ll take my own life,’ ” he says. “One of the last nights I had them on, and I’m going, ‘What is your mommy’s name?’ One of them sighed and said, ‘Arsenio, you asked us that last time. Don’t you have any fresh questions?’ I knew then it was time to move on.”

[QUOT]

“No way. I’m like Santa Claus. I exist, but she doesn’t need to see me.”

COURTNEY LOVE, asked if 4-year-old daughter Frances Bean is allowed to listen to Mommy’s music or watch her perform, to New York City’s Daily News

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