Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 20
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 20

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, September 15, 1990
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ENTERTAINMENT Page 18 Wednesday, September 17,200? 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' on new show By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LO.S ANGELES — The mop of hair. The iconoclastic tuitleneck. A beguiling foreign accent. ' It worked for the Beatles in the 1960s and for actor David McCallum, who went from sidekick to sex symbol playing a hip secret agent in "The Man From U.N.C.LE." Nearly 40 years later, McCallum is back . in a TV series with CBS' new military crime drama "Navy NCIS." He's still got the TV longish hair (a bit less blond, a bit more gray) and, as he turns 70, the same zeal for acting. Whether he steals the show from star Mark Harmon, as he did from Robert Vaughn in "U.N.C.L.E.," remains to be seen. But McCallum's eccentric and roguish character in "Navy NCIS" clearly has potential. He's Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, a medical examiner who assists the Navy Criminal Investigative Service, led by Harmon's Special Agent Gibbs, in tackling crimes connected to Navy or Marine Corps personnel. As played by the youthful McCalium, Ducky is a middle-aged lecher but endearing nonetheless. "If you have someone who likes to chat up young girls and you cast somebody who's really elderly looking, it could go tacky," he observed. "Somehow, I can get away with it, which I think is a great compliment." Sasha Alexander, Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette co-star in the series, debuting 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on CBS. From "JAG" producer Donald P. Bellisario, "Navy NCIS" slices together the military flavor of "JAG" with the forensics flash made popular by another CBS hit, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." McCallum is glad to be part of the alpha- Mark Harmon, left, and David McCallum as Or. Donald "Ducky" Mallard are shown in a scene from CBS' new military crime drama "Navy NCIS," The show debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. (AP photo) bet soup, even though it meant moving from his family and home in Manhattan and setting up a West Coast apartment. He also makes the roughly 70-mile roundtrip drive to the studio north of Los Angeles where Bellisario films his series. "I don't believe in anything negative," McCallum said, recalling how he invited a colleague annoyed over a long day of shooting to consider those who would long for their jobs. "Puh-leeze," McCallum said, heavy on the sarcasm. He's enjoyed a steady career, one that began with a decision not to follow his parents into music. David McCallum Sr. was first violinist for the London Philharmonic; Dorothy Dorman was a cellist. Bom Sept. 19, 1933, in Glasgow, Scotland, McCallum studied music (the oboe, which he still plays) but fell for the actor's life. His appeared in films including 1958's "A Night to Remember," about the doomed Titanic, and 1962's "Billy Budd." In 1964-68, he set teenage hearts racing as cool, Russian-born Illya Kuryakin, fighting the evil crime syndicate THRUSH with partner Napoleon Solo (Vaughn) under the direction of Mr. Waverly, played by veteran film actor Leo G. Carroll. (A short-lived spinoff, 1966-67's "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," starred Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison, son of actor Rex Harrison). Has he put his one-time burst of TV stardom into perspective? "It's gone into its own perspective," he said. "It was great, and I'm very affectionate toward the whole thing." He recalled an article which speculated that, were it not for "U.N.C.L.E.," McCallum probably would have made his career in England and ended up Sir David and a National Theatre stalwart. "You can start going off on ridiculous conjectures about what might have happened, but you can do that if you cross one road or don't cross," the actor said. Instead, he's worked in both Britain and the United States, appearing on stage ("Amadeus," "Julius Caesar," ."Communicating Doors"), in smaller films and on TV (including parts on "Law & Order" and "Sex and the City" and in the British series "Colditz" and "Sapphire and Steel.") Interviewed over a diet soda at a British- style pub in Santa Monica, McCallum mentions that he's a longtime U.S. citizen. "I have always loved the freedom of this country and everything it stands for. And I live here, and I like to vote here." He's been married since 1967 to interior designer Katherine Carpenter — part of the venerable McMillen Inc. design firm, he says proudly — with whom he has two children." He's looking forward to becoming a grandfather for the second time, with their daughter due to deliver later mis month. (McCallum and his first wife, the late actress Jill Ireland, had three sons, one of whom died from a drug overdose.) With "Navy NCIS," he's not expecting the kind of frenzied fandom he inspired during his "U.N.C.L.E." days. But McCallum likes to think his work still can have an impact. "I hope I get letters from pathologists," he said. Magician enduring ridicule in London By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer LONDON — When magician David Elaine organized his latest feat — six food-free weeks suspended in a plexiglass box beside London's Tower Bridge — he prepared for loneliness/hunger and , boredom. He- may riot have planned for Londoners. Since he entered the dangling box on Sept. 5, Blaine has been jeered, pelted with eggs and awakened by drummers. A tabloid newspaper grilled hamburgers under his box. A toy helicopter was sent up to dangle a cheeseburger in front of him. One newspaper dubbed Blaine-baiting "the new national sport." That may be changing, as Londoners come to admire the endurance — or at least the curiosity value — of the New York showman. On a warm Monday afternoon, dozens of onlookers paused to squint up at Blaine as he sat unshaven and shirtless in his transparent case. For a while, he sat resting his head in his hands, occasionally waving at the crowd. After a while, he opened his journal and contemplated its pages. "He looks really bored," said one young man watching the slow-motion spectacle. "I feel sorry for him now," said a female companion. Security has been stepped up around Elaine's site in response to the egg-throwing — as well as tomato-chucking and french fry- hurling— incidents. Two rings of fences encircle the enclosure, and security guards search onlookers before they are allowed to enter the dirt enclosure above which Blaine-in-a-box dangles from a crane. A former street magician, Blaine, 30, now specializes in feats of endurance. In the past he has spent 35 hours standing atop a 100-foot pole in New York and had himself encased in ice for three days. This time he plans to spend 44 days suspended 40 feet above the ground with only water, a quilt, a pillow, a journal, a change of clothes and a photo of his mother inside his 7 foot-by-7 foot-by-3 foot box. Blaine has said the stunt will give him the chance to search for "truths." "This is worth it for my art, even if I drop dead," he said before he entered the box. While Blaine ostensibly has only two pipes — ; an.incpming • one for water and an outgoing one for urine — some have suggested he could easily have nutrients added to his water or hide . food among his belongings. But others have been won over. "I don't think there's a trick to it," said Stephen Watson, 31, from Maidenhead, west of London, who said he planned to return in a few weeks to check on Blaine. "I'ni skeptical he can actually make it." And the negative press has brought out Elaine's supporters. A handmade banner hanging from the fence urges him the "Keep the Faith." Students, tourists and office workers stop to wave and give him the thumbs-up. Wanda Banaszak and Kristina Codling came to London from Sussex, southern England, to watch Blaine as they picnicked beside the River Thames. "He brings in the crowds," said Banaszak. "I don't know why people are throwing things at him." "I don't know why people always have to knock things in this country," Codling said. "I've come to say I saw him, so I can tell my grandchildren. Like people say, 'I saw Houdini/ or 'I saw Blondin.' I saw David Blaine." (On the Net: David Blaine: wivw.da vidbla ine. com) Hall on stage in 'Graduate' By LEIGH-ANNE JACKSON Cox News Service Jerry Hall has been in the spotlight since she was 14 — she's gone from modeling to Mick to motherhood and now, Mrs. Robinson (not to mention, more modeling). Last week, the 47-year-old Texas native began a 12-week stint as the notorious cradle robber in the national touring production of "The Graduate." There are a few things theatergoers should know: Yes, she is trying to seduce you, yes she does appear nude in one scene and yes that is the leggy blonde who was married to Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger. Though there's more to Hall than international paparazzi fodder, she's channeling her three decades' worth of tumultuous experiences into a role that'had previously been mastered by Anne Bancroft on screen and Kathleen Turner on Broadway. "Mrs. Robinson has a lot of repressed anger," she explained last week from a San Francisco hotel, her voice a blend of Texas drawl and British finery. "She was born too early, really. She's in a loveless marriage and she's intelligent and beautiful, so she turns to drink and affairs. I quite admire her for that! "Having spent 23 years with Mick, I certainly know a lot about that kind of intrigue." Hall is a "Graduate" alum; she first starred in the production three years ago for a six-month run in London, her current stomping grounds. To hear her tell it, the story line seems "as ' evergreen as her career. .. ,,.-,; • " There are several parts of thef; story that make it timeless," she related. "Mrs. Robinson is teaching a young boy about love and that's lots of young boys' fantasy. Also, it's a very American story. It's set in 1963 and it's about young people being disillusioned by society. "But one of the most important things is the way the parents talk at the children and try to control and mold them." Hall encountered her own war of the wills with her oldest daughter, Elizabeth. In order to keep the teenager from being completely swept away by her budding modeling career (including a Lancome contract). Hall enrolled in humanities courses at London's Open University. ' "I did it because Elizabeth said 'Why should I go to university? You didn't!'" And the family affair continues: This fall, Hall, her 5-year- old son and several other members of the Jagger family will pose in an ad campaign for international cheap-chic clothing chain H&M. The frugally fab slew of billboards, magazine ads and store displays will serve as reminders of a steady modeling career i" started at iHe: /pareJ,Mart, quickly segued %Oyi arid re- . cently included last year's bash for retired designer Yves Saint- Laurent. "I really like doing fashion shows because I've always liked having an audience," she giggled. "I think that's helped me a lot on stage because I'm not self-conscious about my body." That kind of confidence and versatility will serve her well as she prepares for two upcoming films — a project with Sean and Robin Wright Penn and the Texas-based film "Pretty Boy Floyd." And though she has long since joined the ranks of super- models who've grown to enjoy multi-faceted career longevity, she's worried for the new generation of models. In her day, she estimates that most models worked an average of five years before their limelight faded. Not so for the current couture climate. 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