The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 30
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 30

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 23, 1996
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8 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 23 1996 APPLAUSE THE SALINA JOURNAL IN THE SWING OF THINGS By BOB STRAUSS Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — The "Swingers" boys aren't making the retro club scene much anymore. They don't need to. Jon Favreau, who wrote and stars in the romantic/buddy comedy that's been knocking 'em dead on the film festival circuit; debuting director Doug Liman; and co-star Vince Vaughn may have captured the pulse of L.A.'s Cocktail Nation for current and future generations to laugh at. But these self-mocking scen- esters did such a good job of it, they're already on career tracks that are likely to outlive the martini-soaked swing dance revival. Favreau, who has finished acting in another movie, "Dog Town," is preparing to make his own directing bow with the western "The Marshal of Revelation," and is writing features for both Universal and Disney. Vaughn has moved from the mi- crobudgeted lounge act to a prominent role in the cast of Steven Spielberg's no-expense- spared sequel to "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World." And USC fihn school grad Liman is getting all those Hollywood meetings he'd hoped "Swingers" would bring him. They're just a lot more positive than he expected. "I dropped everything else I was doing — not that I had such glamorous opportunities — because I had to make this film," the 30-year-old Liman said. "My expectations were that I was going to have a great resume piece. When I'd go for a studio interview, they'd see the film and go, 'Wow, that's great. I can't believe I've never heard of this before.' I didn't have any faith in the system, but I knew it would be a great fihn because I had two aces in the hole: Jon and Vince." Favreau, 29, not only based "Swingers" on the sillier details he'd observed at the Derby, the Dresden and other East Hollywood nightspots where Rat Pack consciousness once again rules. He also insisted that his close Mends, like Vaughn (they both wore Notre Dame helmets in "Rudy"), play his character Mike's close friends in the movie. But another reason the truly excellent swing dancer Favreau is shying away from the club scene these days is that too many people already think that "Swingers" is autobiographical. "The story's not true," Favreau said. "But I set it in my neighborhood, made it sort of about the guys I knew and the clubs I hung out at. The car, my car. The apartment, my apartment. We actually shot it in all of the places I really live and go, so now it's very hard for me to convince people that it's not my life and I'm not that guy." The embarrassing thing isn't so much the scene business, even with its overemphasis on made-up slang (money means excellent; babies are, well, babes). The thing is, Favreau's humor-impaired, aspiring comedian Mike is so hung up on the girl he left behind in New York, he keeps making a complete fool of himself with the women he meets out here. "I have a few," Favreau, whose perpetual sad sack expression makes David Schwimmer's face look optimistic, said of loves lost. "I take it pretty hard. But I wanted to exaggerate that, too. It just seemed like an interesting point, especially when you first come out here and are so lonely, left everyone behind and then have to deal with the rejection of the acting career. "That crucial, critical six- month period, after which you sort of rediscover who you are again after letting go of that girl and angle a bit more into the future — I thought that was an interesting time to explore." At its core, though, "Swingers" is as much about friendship as about romance and club-hopping. Indeed, the whole thing came about because Oman's friend and house- mate, producer Nicole LaLog- gia, introduced Favreau to the director and they hit it off. As for Favreau's buddy Vaughn, who Liman already describes as his great star discovery, the charismatic Chicago actor views solid friendship as a valuable counterweight to the celebrity many predict is coming his way. "My objective is not fame," Thurs. 9-8, 823-6792 1 3-1831 Vaughn, 26, said. "For me, it's very important to do a good job. If Spielberg includes me in his film, that's a big honor for me and I want to make sure I do well for him. The other thing is, I'm blessed to have a nice group of friends right, now that I've always been friends with, most of whom are not actors. I'm a guy who likes the local bar; I never understood driving across town to stand in line outside a club." While Vaughn's Trent is "Swingers' " most dedicated, money-spouting, phone-number-collecting party reptile, his foremost goal is trying to get his friend Mike out of his funk. This makes Trent as likable as his outrageous combination of self- confidence, self-delusion and pure trendoid fervor make him hilarious. Not surprisingly, the actor has some shrewdly observed insights into the whole, Tony Bennett-fueled scene. "I think a lot of young people come to L.A. because they want to be in movies," Vaughn suggested. "But what happens is, the acting doesn't go real well, it's hard to break in. So they start going to these nightclubs. Somehow, not waiting in line to get into a bar or getting a free drink from the bartender starts to satisfy their need to be a celebrity or something." After LaLoggia introduced Liman to Favreau and his script, Favreau was soon taking Liman to his favorite spots, and they came to share similar views of the Cocktail Nation. 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(Wreaths, Ornaments, Trees, Stuffed Animals, Etc.) 2450 SoutH 9th • Mid-State Mall, Salina INVENTORY L | QU | DAT | ON RE-ELECT Deena HORST State Representative 69th District Political advertisement paid for by Deena Hoist lor State Representative Committee, Doug Mull, Treasurer. 4 7 believe strongly that if a responsible, responsive working democracy is to flourish in this conntiy we must have a well-educated citizenry." Eloise Lynch .Dloise believes that we need trained employees, but our schools must produce more than a bunch of worker ants. Enlightened citizens who can think and interact in society are equally important. Crime and welfare consume a large amount of our tax dollars. An underlying common characteristic in both situations is lack of a high school diploma. The cost of education is an investment that can offer prevention of these problems. Education enables a person to give to society rather than to take from it. 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