Fun Van Johnson elects to drop role The Far Side The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 7,1986 Page 17 Crossword By Eugene Sbeffer By ROBIN ADAMS SLOAN King Features Q. We hear that Van Johnson left the Broadway company of the hit musical "La Cage aux Folles" because he could no longer stand playing a homosexual. What's his prob- lem?-J.M. A. Nothing to it at all. Keep in mind Gossip that the Broadway musical is based on the fabulously successful French movie about a nightclub operator and his lover, a male fan dancer. The sexual persuasion of the characters is no secret, of course, and Johnson knew that when he signed on for the Broadway run. His contract with the show lapsed Dec. 1, and Van didn't renew. He tells me he didn't stay because he had an ear infection that needed medical attention. Q. Isn't it true that Jane Fonda still can't stand her actor-brother, Peter? -C.W. A. While there may have been a number of personal sibling misun- Tank McNamara Johnson Fonda derstandings through the years, Jane and Peter Fonda have professionally kept things strictly non-competitive. One reason is that they are markedly different types of performers. Jane prefers social statement and prestige roles while Peter likes action and more populist parts. That's why I was a bit surprised when Jane told me she and Peter are working on a movie project together, a "period" western. And, wouldn't you know it, Fonda sister and brother plan to play —competing siblings. Q. I read that Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner perform all their own hazardous stunts in their new adventure film, "The Jewel of the Nile." Come on, isn't this, to put it mildly, pure baloney? — W. Y. A. While these stars didn't do all their own hair-raising stunt work in "Jewel", they gamely performed the lion's (and lioness') share of many sequences that could easily have been left to trained professionals. Years ago, intrepid Michael insisted on doing his own leaps and jumps in the TV series, "The Streets of San Francisco," and did similar duty for movies like "The China Syndrome" and "Romancing the Stone," precursor to "Jewel of the Nile." As for Kathleen, she went through some hairy sequences in "Stone," and took an intensive course in fencing for one sequence of "Jewel." Plus, she dangled from the side of a speeding train for additional footage. Though she was carefully tied on to prevent falling or being crushed, the scent was so hazardous, she vowed that she would never attempt anything like it again. * * * Got a question? Write to Robin Adams Sloan at King Features Syndicate, Inc., 235 E. 45th St., New York, N.Y. 10017. V 1-7 1986 Universal Press Syndicate When migration routes encounter the window ot vulnerability The Family Circus Classified ads get results. 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