July 07, 2003 12:00 PM

Ford Tough

Hollywood Homicide felt more like a Hollywood hazing to Josh Hartnett, who costars in the action comedy with Harrison Ford. “Harrison is an intimidating guy,” says Hartnett, 24. “We had a tumultuous working experience. Sharing the spotlight with him was like being under the basket trying to get rebounds and he’s throwing elbows.” Hartnett says Ford walked in front of him whenever possible and even sneered at his haircut. But the younger actor feels there probably was a method to Ford’s madness. “Ultimately, he just wanted me to prove myself, but it was draining at times,” says Hartnett. “Harrison is a lot better to me now than he was when we were filming.”

Man to Man

Thanks to her boyfriend, Australian singer Ben Lee, Claire Danes got to witness the sillier side of her Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines costar, Arnold Schwarzenegger. “My fondest memory of Arnold involves Ben’s nephew Timothy, who had a bar mitzvah last summer in Sydney,” says Danes, 24. “We were still shooting, so I asked Arnold to make a video for Timothy. He was so sweet about it. He had fake bullet holes in his face, and said, ‘Happy Bar Mitzvah, Timothy. I know you think that you’re a man now, but you’re not a man. You don’t know what it is to be a man.’ And then he flexed his muscles. That was cool. All of the other kids at the party were asking Ben’s sister, ‘So, how do we book Arnold?’ ”

Combing for Talent

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’s musical tastes know no bounds. “All music influences me. I listen to Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, but I’m also one of the biggest Coldplay fans out there,” says Combs, 33. “I listen to the Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. I listen to everything.” Those eclectic sensibilities will help Combs during the second season of MTV’s reality show Making the Band 2 as he blends reggae, R&B and rap to produce an album for the six finalists. “They’re young, wild and a little dysfunctional, and the show is real and raw,” says the hip-hop impresario. “It’s an accurate depiction of how you make it in the music industry. It’s not like American Idol, which is more of a game show. Not to knock it—I like the guy who just won [Ruben Studdard]. I would definitely work with him.”

Sword Fright

For Catherine Zeta-Jones, an added bonus of doing a voice-over in the new animated adventure Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was that Dylan, her 2-year-old son with husband Michael Douglas, can experience one of his mom’s movies. “He gets to see this one, and I know he’ll absolutely love it, because he’s fearless and so imaginative,” says Zeta-Jones, 33. “This will be right up his street. It’s good for him to see what his mother and father do for a living.” Well, not always. “I showed Dylan the sword-fighting scene from The Mask of Zorro, and he said, ‘What’s Mummy doing?’ ” says Zeta-Jones. “Then I said to myself, ‘Why am I showing my son his mother with a sword?’ ”

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