Where is one to go after playing Jesus? Jim Caviezel, for one, hit the links – to play legendary golfer Bobby Jones in the biopic Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (opening Friday). If that seems like an easy role after the enormous challenge of The Passion of the Christ, then perhaps you didn’t know that Caviezel is, well, let’s say, not a fan of the sport. “I wasn’t into golf – I’d rather watch the paint dry, I’d rather watch Martha Stewart,” Caviezel said at the movie’s New York premiere this week. “I could care less about the Golf Channel or any golf. I like the fast sports. I like basketball, football, baseball – golf just never really interested me.” So why star in a movie about a golfer? “I liked the story of Bobby Jones, I like what he stood for,” Caviezel said. “He was a guy who was an amateur golfer that beat all the best in the world. … (The movie is) about sportsmanship, it’s about (the idea that) there’s more to life than winning championships. I, like most people, wouldn’t want to see it if it was just about golf.”
Add “photographer” to Mikhail Baryshnikov’s list of achievements. The dance legend (and recent Sex and the City guest star) unveiled his first-ever exhibit at the Movado Boutique in New York’s SoHo this week (it will remain until May 11). Prints are for sale, with proceeds going to the new Baryshnikov Arts Center, scheduled to open in New York in the winter. “I always thought that New York needs a place where young artists can meet without any pressure, and have fun together and hang out and meet each other,” Baryshnikov told us, adding that it’s the only reason he would display his photography. “I’m an amateur and a dilettante,” he said. “I’ve photographed a lot, (for) 20 or 25 years. (I took) some lucky snapshots. I drag cameras around everywhere I go and photograph my friends and family.” His favorite subject? “Children, because they don’t pose. You could sneak to them much easier than adults. They don’t know what it is – there’s no vanity to them.”
Not surprisingly, some of the celebrity guests seemed more excited to meet the man himself than to check out his pics. “I’m a Baryshnikov-phile from way back, back when he was dancing at New York City Ballet,” Edie Falco told us. “I used to go see him all the time, so the fact that I’m actually at an event that he’s going to be at is ridiculously exciting. I hope I don’t embarrass myself.” She watched him guest-star on Sex and the City, and said of her own HBO show, The Sopranos: “Why we don’t we get guest stars like that? I tell ya! I think (my character) Carmela should have an affair.”
Jon Bon Jovi sure has been revealing his softer side lately. After treating the celebrity crowd aboard the Queen Mary 2 to his rendition of the standard “The Lady Is a Tramp” last weekend, he performed three decidedly non-metal songs at a Revlon fund-raising gala in New York this week, where more than 350 guests paid $1,250 per plate to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Accompanied by a violinist, a guitarist (not bandmate Richie Sambora), a keyboard player and a percussionist, the rocker performed John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me” and the Bon Jovi hit “It’s My Life.” To end the evening, he performed a song, which, he said, “I didn’t write, but I wish I had. It was written by a guy named George,” before launching into the Beatles tune “Here Comes the Sun.” (In the audience: Julianne Moore, Kim Cattrall and Miss USA Shandi Finnessey.) Along with releasing a Bon Jovi box set in the fall and performing in select cities, Jon is planning a solo album, preparing to film National Lampoon’s The Trouble with Frank and keeping on top of the arena football team that he co-owns, the Philadelphia Soul.
• By MOLLY LOPEZ and ADAM PITLUK