Tattletales The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 2 Tony Curtis, who plays Chicago underworld czar Sam Giancana in NBC's "Mafia Princess," showed up for filming one day totally in character. He was in a sour mood, displeased over his transportation, his wardrobe and the day's shooting schedule. After venting his frustrations to everyone (though no one in particular), the veteran actor let a thin smile spread across his face. "If I'm playing Giancana, you better treat me like Giancana... or else...," he said with a laugh. He later explained, "Good acting is a matter of maintaining the energy quotient that is necessary to carry a picture, so anything I can do to maintain myself and that energy quotient is what I do. "In acting, some things are better left unsaid. Some people have a tendency to scrutinize their roles, and make them an analytical problem. Sometimes just doing it, that's the best way." Tony Curtis Valerie Bertinelli Valerie Bertinelli, who for many years played the "squeaky clean" Barbara Cooper on "One Day at a Time," gets to play an entirely different role in "Rockabye," a new TV movie. She plays a young mother whose child is kidnapped. "It's the first time I've ever played a mother," she says. In real life, being a mom is the role the actress says she would like to undertake most. She is married to popular rock star Eddie Van Halen. "We're looking forward to having kids," she says. "Edward wants to be a father very much. But we're waiting." The ideal situation she says would be to make a f Urn every two or three years, while taking care of her family in between. "If you don't have someone to go home to and appreciate it with you and love you and hug you and hold you, then your career means nothing," she says. Is it true that Barbra Streisand is so annoyed by fans who bother her when she's eating that she never goes out anymore? — F.W. Nothing could be further from the truth. When Barbra was in New York recently, she dined with a friend at a posh restaurant and no one knew who she was. Even her waitress did not realize she was serving the legendary songbird. And Streisand did not require any special service like many other celebrities demand. Barbra Streisand Lauren Button Lauren Hutton takes her acting seriously these days, although she admits that wasn't always the case. A couple of years ago, when she played the lead in "Extremities" on stage in Los Angeles, she told a newspaper interviewer that when she watches some of her first movies, "I feel I ought to write a letter of apology to every actor I worked with then." Ironically, it was film critics who first began to take her work seriously. "I only learned to act three or four years ago because until then I was too busy seeing the world (as a glamorous model)," she says. "I made my first movies when I was in my mid- twenties but I was travelling six months of the year. I was off sleeping on the ground in Africa, not in acting classes where I should have been." James Garner would like to leave the hero roles he played in "Maverick" and VRockford" behind him. But "Mr. Modest" is very picky about his new roles. "I'd always played heroes before, macho guys who didn't die," he says. "I think I proved I can do different things with the TV movie 'Heartsounds,' in which I played a dying man. Now I'm emphasizing human relationships. "I have to have something real like this (a new role opposite Sally Field in 'Murphy's Romance') before I'll work these days. I may go months and not work, but if I find something I like, you can't hold me back. "I don't want to do movies with a lot of profanity, and I don't want to take my clothes off. I don't do horror pictures or I would take my clothes off. "Seriously, I'm simply not an exhibitionist. I think that's where my attitude steins from. "Before I was an actor, I was an extreme introvert. And I had to change my attitude almost overnight. I told myself, 'You're going to have to get up in front of people.' I needed the money, so I did." James Garner Muhammad All Any validity to rumors that Muhammad Ali, who's been reported as visibly slowing down, has been dodging his fans? — L.F. Though Ali's stamina has obviously somewhat diminished, his love of people and public attention hasn't. He's a regular at Joe's Pier 52, the well-known Manhattan restaurant, where he emphatically requests a table where he can be conspicuous to customers. Then, presiding at his table, he shakes hands with sports fans, well-wishers and autograph seekers. He delights in touring the kitchen, checking the catch of the day and seeing what's cooking. So evident does the champ make his presence felt, that one recent evening when he began to leave, diners rose en masse to give him a standing ovation. Has Michael Jackson flipped out or something, getting into such weird stuff as dressing up like a gorilla and driving around Beverly Hills?—B.R. You probably heard about a recent stunt Michael played — not while driving around Beverly Hills but flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. As soon as the plane taxied to the L.A. gate, Jackson astonished fellow passengers by donning an elaborate monkey mask. Michael kept the disguise on while making his way through the airport. Jackson's stunt wasn't all that off the wall. He dislikes being recognized and mobbed by fans— so mark this adventure down to an innovative way for a big-name star to retain his sanity, and his privacy. Omar Sharif Omar Sharif's latest role in the NBC mini-series "Peter the Great" marks the third tune the Egyptian- born actor has played a Russian. It also marks the first time he actually played the role in Russia itself. "My first Russian (character) was 'Dr. Zhivago,' and outside of two weeks in Finland, we shot it all in . Spain," he says. "In "The Tamarind Seed,' which I made in Barbados in 1972 with Julie Christie, I played a KGB agent who wants to defect to the West. "It was great to finally get to Russia — and play a prince." His role as Prince Feodor Romodanovsky kept Sharif in Russia for more than six months.
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