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“I love reptiles,” says Bridget Fonda, who gets personal with a killer crocodile in the new thriller Lake Placid. “Would wrestle with an alligator or a crocodile? No. But if it’s small and manageable and guaranteed not to grow, I’d probably own one. They have wonderful skin.” Fonda, 35, wasn’t as enamored of some of the other creatures who were lurking about Placid’s Vancouver set. “The first day we were there,” she says, “one of the rangers said, ‘Don’t go away from the light at night, because bears and a mountain lion have been sighted.’ But Bill Pullman, as soon as it was dark out, said, ‘Well, I’m going for a walk,’ because he’s just that way.” Fonda did not tag along: “I said, ‘Okay, you’re gonna go alone.’ ”

A One-Two Punch

Look real closely at director Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed drama Summer of Sam, and you’ll notice one of the looters in the riot scene is not your average wage-scale extra. It’s heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield wearing a ’70s Afro wig. How did Holyfield nab the part? “It’s simple,” says Lee, 42. “The Hale House [a children’s charity in Manhattan] had an auction, and we donated a walk-on in the film. He paid [$8,000] to be the walk-on.” Fortunately for Holyfield, whose acting experience is rather lightweight, the role required little direction. “I just put a wig on him and told him to go in there and loot,” says Lee, “and try not to get burned by that fire raging in the stores.”

May the Breast Man Win

In Wild Wild West, man-in-black Will Smith has a clothes encounter of a different kind when his character, 19th-century secret agent James West, disguises himself as a woman, “I must say I found it annoying to have breasts,” says Smith, 30. “Breasts are an eye-magnet. I found the men on the set staring at my chest, and I was humiliated. Damn, men are pigs!” The same cannot be said, according to Smith, of costar Kevin Kline, who also had to bend genders as West’s sidekick, Artemus Gordon. “He is a butt-ugly woman,” says Smith. “Plus, Kevin had to spend six hours in makeup to get himself that ugly. I’d spend 45 minutes, and I was glowing, baby.”

The Bitter and the Sweet

So you want to know what really steals Mike Myers’s mojo? Chocolate, according to his pal Rob Lowe, who costars with Myers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. “Mike loves chocolate, but he gets real hyper if he eats too much of the stuff,” says Lowe, 35, who plays the Young Number Two, Dr. Evil’s henchman. “My wife and I accompanied him to the Canyon Ranch diet spa. We didn’t know Mike had smuggled in a supply of chocolate bars. One night he ate all of them and ended up in a hot tub wearing his underpants on his head. He was pretending to be a 2000-year-old Jewish agent.”

Rock On!

Ally McBeal’s Jane Krakowski is spending her TV hiatus playing Betty Rubble in next spring’s film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, but the actress says it feels more like summer vacation. “It’s been a blast,” says Krakowski, 30, whose costars include The Full Monty’s Mark Addy as Fred Flintstone, Kristen Johnston as Wilma and Stephen Baldwin as Barney Rubble. Even her tight-fitting cave duds haven’t spoiled the fun. “My waist is so cinched in,” she says, “it takes a few girls to get me into the costume.” One who can certainly sympathize is Rosie O’Donnell, who played Betty in 1994’s The Flintstones. “I got flowers from Rosie,” says Krakowski, “with a note that said, ‘From Betty One to Betty Two. Just yabba dabba do it.’ ”