April 6, 2004
BLOODY GOOD FUN
One thing Vivica A. Fox doesn’t have to worry about these days is being type-cast. The actress, 39, plays Anne Hathaway’s fairy godmother in Ella Enchanted (opening Friday) – and then a week later appears briefly in Quentin Tarantino’s violent action thriller Kill Bill, Vol. 2. “I was very fortunate,” Fox tells Daily Insider about her Ella Enchanted role. “Originally this role was written for a 40-year-old white woman, and they said, ‘We wanted to change things up.’ They wanted to make it sassy, so they came and got Vivica, who you know will bring a little bit of sass.” As for her experience on the Kill Bill set, let’s just say it was … different. “Gosh, I had no idea that we were going to be so bloody,” she says. “Quentin kept saying, ‘More blood. Spritz her!’ By the end of every day I looked like black Carrie, from Carrie the movie. I just was covered in spritz and Vaseline and blood.”
SO MUCH FOR ETERNAL SUNSHINE…
How was the experience of filming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? “It was miserable when we were filming,” says Mark Ruffalo, who plays a technician who tries to erase Jim Carrey’s character’s memory. “The Hudson (River) had frozen over. Jim was miserable – he’d just walk around listening to Coldplay. But he did have a little basketball court by his trailer and on nicer days we’d play a game of pickup.”
“It’s sweet, but not like an ABC after-school special,” says MTV Jackass star Johnny Knoxville of his next movie, the upcoming comedy The Ringer, in which he plays a man who pretends to be mentally challenged to compete in the Special Olympics. “Before we started shooting, we all went bowling the first day. And who came in last among, like, 50 Special Olympians? Me!” says Knoxville, who also attempted the high jump and hurdles alongside real Special Olympians. One thing Knoxville has already gotten from the movie, due out later this year, is continued friendship with many of his costars: “They’re calling and e-mailing me constantly, but I’m calling them, too! I’m honored to call them my friends.”
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• Dennis Rodman, being overshadowed by Stevie Wonder on a recent night at West Hollywood’s Asia de Cuba. The R&B legend, who was serenading several women celebrating birthdays, eventually got up from his booth and led the entire restaurant in a rousing “Happy Birthday.”
• Damon Wayans and American Idol judge Randy Jackson, blending in with the revelers at a Prince concert in L.A. Jackson stuck close to his wife, Erika, and up-and-coming artist Van Hunt, whose record he is producing.
• Jamie Lee Curtis, dressed in workout gear, buying a smoothie and Balance bar at Juice It Up in Venice Beach.
Reported by: MOLLY LOPEZ, SUSAN MANDEL, RUTH ELLENSON, WILL KECK and SEAN DALY