July 09, 2007 12:00 PM

I insisted. I figured, when’s the next time I’ll make out with a knight?

—TEA LEONI, asked if her You Kill Me love interest, Sir Ben Kingsley, wanted to be called by his formal title.

HUGH DANCY DISHES ON …

Why women find him sexy: Anybody who has an answer to why they’re sexy is probably really not that sexy. I think it’s much more intelligent to [let] other people decide.

Mistakes in life: My first kiss. It was such a disaster—like a train crash.

Working with girlfriend Claire Danes in the drama Evening: We played a lot of Scrabble. Claire knows all the little two-letter words, which, in my mind, is cheating. But unfortunately they’re all legal.

CUSACK’S SPOOKY STROLL

For John Cusack, filming the fright flick 1408 brought back unpleasant memories of another Stephen King story. “When I was 12 we were in Nantucket visiting cousins,” says the actor, 41. “Around 6 p.m., I snuck into a theater alone to see The Shining because it was rated R. When I got out it was night, and it was a pretty windy road back to the cottage. It was the scariest walk ever—I thought I heard Jack Nicholson behind every bush.”

3 Questions For …

Hairspray‘s Michelle Pfeiffer

1 WAS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME WORKING WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA?

I met John years ago when I flew to Texas to audition for Urban Cowboy. I got to dance with him, but I didn’t get the part.

2 IN THE FILM YOUR HAIR IS HUGE! HOW DID THEY GET IT SO HIGH?

Wigs, wigs, wigs. It was so out of control. At a certain point they got so big and heavy I said, “Stop! You cannot add anything else to my head or I will fall over.”

3 DO YOU KEEP A LOT OF PROPS FROM YOUR FILMS?

No. I do regret [not taking] the cat suit [from Batman Returns]. I hated wearing it so much that by the end I never wanted to see it again. Now I wish I kept one. I do have my whip and I take it out every now and then.

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