By Peter Castro
November 11, 1991 12:00 PM

JUST LOSE, BABY

In Martin Scorsese’s new thriller, Cape Fear, actress Illeana Douglas (Melvyn’s granddaughter) and Nick Nolte have a flirtation that captures the attention of a revenge-hungry psychopath played by Robert De Niro. Before any of that happens, however, the two play a game of racquetball. “Nick and I wanted to practice off-camera,” says Douglas, 27. “When I got down to the court, I was thinking, ‘Oh my God! I’m playing Nick Nolte, and he’s going to be so much better than me.’ But, being the overachiever that I am, I completely overcompensated and was a hundred times better than Nick. So when we began filming, I asked why I couldn’t win the game [she loses the match in the film]. And Marty said, ‘When you’re the star, you can win the game.

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

“We hadn’t done that small a gig in a long time,” says comic-magician Penn Jillette about working Steven Spielberg’s bachelor party last month in Los Angeles with longtime partner Teller. The two were flown out by private jet to entertain Disney’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, uber-agent Michael Ovitz and George Lucas, among others. “There were 21 people in this tiny room, any one of whom could end your career,” says Jillette, 36. “When you picture those people all in one room, you would imagine this ‘palacious’ place. Also, and not to cast aspersions upon the sexuality of rich and powerful men who can crush me like an insignificant insect, but shouldn’t they have had hookers—and good ones, at that? Why not fly in all the Crazy Horse girls? I mean, they could have had all this for cheaper than us! Instead, what Steven [who married Kate Capshaw Oct. 12] wanted was a cheesy Boy Scout act and, damn it, he got it!”

KISSED OFF

Burt Reynolds is suffering from Venus envy. In this case, the heavenly body in question is that of wife Loni Anderson. “I get jealous whenever I watch Loni doing a love scene,” says Reynolds, 55, who stare in the CBS sitcom Evening Shade. “Loni doesn’t [mind when Reynolds does love scenes]. She’s cool and unfazed. Me, I don’t understand it emotionally or intellectually.” Particularly, Reynolds doesn’t like it “when Loni comes toward the actor to kiss him like a grouper. Why is it necessary for her to open her mouth four feet from him? I’ve never understood why it is Americans think open-mouth kissing is sexy. I resent it when Loni does it, and that’s why I can’t watch it.” Do these feelings run in the family? “I can’t get jealous of Burt,” says Anderson. “It’s not in my nature. I just watch it and let it go.”

ONO SHE DIDN’T

In The Last Days of John Lennon, a book by a former employee of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Frederic Seaman alleges that Ono may have tipped off officials before Paul McCartney was busied at a Tokyo airport in 1980 for carrying eight ounces of marijuana. “She [Ono] didn’t set us up,” rebuts Linda McCartney. Linda, an animal-rights activist, vegetarian-cookbook author and player in Get Back, the new film of Paul’s concert tour, adds, “Paul and I were naive back then. Let’s not blame [Yoko] for yet another thing. [The bust] just happened.” Does she think grass should be decriminalized? “Of course I do,” she says. “When you think of the heroin, crack and cocaine pushers who never get caught…It’s always the little marijuana [user]. I also think drinking is a hell of a lot worse than pot.”

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