Chuck Arnold
May 17, 1999 12:00 PM

Web of lies?

Speculation about last-minute reshoots to increase the laugh quotient in Wild Wild West his big-budget action comedy with Will Smith opening July 2, is driving Kevin Kline wild. “I can count on one hand the movies I’ve done without additional shooting afterwards,” says Kline, 51. “A Fish Called Wanda and In & Out both required new scenes and benefited from them.” The actor blames the Internet for spreading rumors about the film’s supposed problems. “The Internet, to me, is the death of civilization,” says Kline, who also costars with Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockhart and Rupert Everett in the big-screen adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening May 14. “We know far more than we need to know.”

Lean and mean

Before he wrote and costarred as a heartsick actor in the 1996 cult hit Swingers, Jon Favreau mostly played fat guys in such films as 1993’s Rudy and 1994’s PCU. “Depression set in when I realized that the only roles people saw me playing were characters who were funny because they were fat,” says Favreau, 32. “I wrote Swingers to get away from that.” Now, Favreau flexes his fighting-trim muscle as Rocky Marciano in the Showtime biopic airing May 15. “I trained so I’d be at my peak the days we shot the fight scenes,” he says. “Then I had to fatten up to play Marciano in later life. But there was too little time to actually gain much, so I wore a fat suit. That was okay because I used to weigh 270, and it’s easy to remember being fat—how certain parts of the body don’t move much.”

More than Friends

David Arquette is looking forward to bussing the bride when he marries Friends’ Courteney Cox Arquette. But before tying the knot (the date is top secret), the happy couple began shooting the comedy The Shrink Is In last month. “Courteney plays this panic-ridden agoraphobic who, through a turn of events, becomes a therapist with no credentials,” says Arquette, 27. “I’m a patient who has a fear of society. I’m nervous all the time.” He has no such jitters about his impending nuptials, though: “I’ll just put on my tux and go where they tell me to go.”

Charles in charge

Charles S. Dutton, best known as TV’s Roc (1991-94), already has plans for ringing in the millennium. “I’ll hang out on my farm,” says Dutton, 48, who currently costars in Cookie’s Fortune. “I have a farm in Maryland with 18 horses—12 Clydesdales and the rest palominos. I also have eight big cats—two lions, two tigers, two leopards, a bobcat and a three-legged mountain lion.” Is Dutton making any special Y2K preparations for his menagerie? “I’ve been doing some hoarding,” he says. “I’ve got bags of food, told my feed person, ‘In December I want you to stock up the barn with all the feed you can.’ He said, ‘This has nothing to do with the year 2000?’ I said, ‘Oh, noooo!’ ”

Losing his Train of thought

In the NBC miniseries Atomic Train, beginning May 16, Esai Morales (La Bamba) plays a lawman who tries to keep order after nuclear weapons in a runaway train explode. The actor says he hasn’t felt safe to ride the rails since filming it. “I steer very clear of them,” says Morales, 36, who still got a rush from the shoot. “I haven’t been in one of those epic-type things, so I figured it would be a nice departure. And it was a nice thing to play a policeman as opposed to one of the suspects.” Next up for Morales could be a regular TV series called Sherman Oaks, a new drama that CBS may pick up for the fall. “The miniseries airs, and within a couple of days [CBS’s schedule will be] announced,” he says. “So I guess if I do really well on NBC, CBS will say, ‘You know what? We got him!’ ”

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