By Jason Lynch Alexis Chiu Kristen Mascia
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

Cloris Leachman

Pounding them at 80, Leachman teaches a ragtag team of drinkers to chug like champs in the comedy Beerfest.

ARE YOU REALLY A BEER GUZZLER? Oh, no. I got drunk once in my life, and I’d never do it again.

BUT YOU PLAY AN EXPERT. WHAT’S THE SECRET TO CHUGGING? It’s a little bit tricky. You’ve got to relax the muscles of the throat.

HOW’D YOU LEARN A GERMAN ACCENT? I’d never done it before Young Frankenstein, but [director] Mel [Brooks]’s mother was on the set and helped. It’s great fun.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE EMMYS? I haven’t got a dress yet. This is the seventh time I’ve been nominated for two in the same year. Imagine.

AND IF YOU WIN BOTH? Oh gosh! I’ll probably go have a beer somewhere!

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