Michael J. Fox, a basketball player who becomes a werewolf in the soon-to-be-released comedy Teen Wolf, isn't likely to become a slam-dunk champion in real life. Most of Fox's baskets in the movie were made by a double named Jeff Closser, an intramural player at L.A.'s Loyola Marymount University. Closser, who had never acted before, gamely endured the three-and-a-half-hour makeup sessions that transformed him into a werewolf. Though he's discernibly heavier than Fox, Closser is only an inch taller than the movie's 5'5" star. Casting Fox's other stunt doubles in the movie (who did some of the dancing, acrobatic and driving sequences) was much easier. Says a production assistant: "Where do you find a 5'5" basketball player?"
Actor Robert Englund wishes he had a stand-in for his daily four-hour makeup sessions for the horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part II. Englund reprises his role as Elm Street's demented Freddie Krueger, who was grotesquely disfigured in a fire. In one scene, says Englund, who was Willie on the NBC series V, "I peel back the scar tissue on my skull and show my throbbing brain." Englund does show his own face in the movie, playing a school bus driver in one scene. But the cameo didn't restore his complexion, which has been irritated by the monster makeup. Before shooting begins on A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part III next summer, Englund vows, "I'm going to treat myself to the best facial in L.A."
Perhaps the only thing more devastating than the reviews of her recently released film, The Legend of Billie Jean, was the haircut Helen (Supergirl) Slater sported in the title role. In the film Slater's character, inspired by a TV version of Joan of Arc, hacks off her long blond tresses. A Beverly Hills hairdresser named Lora LeMaire was brought to the film's Corpus Christi, Texas set to do the actual snipping. "I thought the best way to make it look like Billie Jean did it herself was to close my eyes while I was cutting the back of Helen's hair," says LeMaire. Fortunately for Slater, who was near tears during the ordeal, LeMaire did the rest of the job with her eyes open. Unfortunately, the hairdresser recalls, "I went wild. I picked up a razor and started hacking. It looks like it was cut with broken glass. You could see her scalp in places." Perhaps the cruelest cut of all came from co-executive producer Jon Peters, who clipped his way to stardom as Barbra Streisand's hairdresser. According to LeMaire, Peters told her condescendingly, "You know I could cut this myself, don't you? Don't blow it. It's a one-take haircut."
Don't be surprised if the actress playing Richard Dreyfuss' mother in Disney's upcoming Down and Out in Beverly Hills looks surp risingly like Richard Dreyfuss. Director Paul Mazursky cast Richard's mother, Gerry Dreyfuss, in the role after a one-minute audition. So much for verisimilitude. Bette Midler, who Mazursky cast as Richard's wife, looks nothing like the actor's actual Mrs.
Opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa has cut her first pop album, Blue Skies, to be released in September. The disc features such oldies as True Love and I Didn't Know What Time It Was. Nelson Riddle, who helped make Linda Ronstadt believable as a torch singer, conducts.
Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling seems determined to teach his wayward star, Joan Collins, a lesson. Collins, who was AWOL for the taping of next season's opener because of a salary dispute, not only didn't get a raise, but she won't receive screen credit for the episode she missed.
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