“I wrote a song about my wife [Kyra Sedgwick] called ‘Arm Wrestling Woman.’ We were at a street fair and they had an arm wrestling tent and she decided to get in there. I was like, ‘Honey, what are you doing?’ She said, ‘I have to do this!’ And she won! It was crazy”
—KEVIN BACON, currently starring in the thriller Death Sentence, on a bizarre moment of musical inspiration
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Celebrity you’d like to meet: Britney Spears and Nelson Mandela. I know they don’t go together.
What makes you cringe: Tomatoes and tomato juice. Any vegetable that’s been reduced to a juice!
Richard Gere goes bottomless in The Hunting Party: Whewf! I will be in the movie theater … with my glasses on.
Filming your new HP commercial: I’ve always been a computer dork. In the last take, I was wearing these stilettos and just couldn’t do a 360. I’m a perfectionist, so I was so frustrated.
Pet Peeve: When someone carries a bag that’s old and beat-up.
A really embarrassing moment: A fellow tennis player hit on me—but it was in the same locker room as me! I was just like, “I like guys!”
Something overrated: Maria Sharapova.
We take a soccer ball to the park and kick it around every now and then. I don’t want to make him focus on contact sports just yet; he’s too little for that. But I do chase him around the room and tackle him every now and then, which he enjoys.
—RUSSELL CROWE, starring in the western 3:10 to Yuma, on spending time with 3-year-old son Charles
3 Questions For …
1 YOU PLAY A DETECTIVE IN THE UPCOMING THRILLER IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH. WHY THIS ROLE?
I got to know [director] Paul [Haggis] when I was nominated for North Country and we were both doing the award circuit. He was there for Crash, and the two of us were the only losers in the alley smoking cigarettes. He told me about the project and it sounded fascinating.
2 HOW DID YOU LIKE WORKING WITH TOMMY LEE JONES?
Tommy doesn’t suffer fools easily. Fran McDormand gave me great advice. She said, “Just give him a big hug every time you see him. It drops his guard.” So I walked onto the set and I was shaking, but I gave him this big hug and he was just like, “Gotta go to work now.”
3 WHAT ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU A PRETTY EASYGOING ACTRESS TO WORK WITH?
I don’t like rehearsals. I’m a cow, and if you milk me a lot I’m going to get dry.