The Insider

updated 12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/16/1991 01:00AM

TOM BERENGER: MAN ENOUGH TO TAKE IT OFF?

Women who believe there isn't nearly enough male nudity in movies compared with similar scenes depicting women will cheer at the sight of Tom Berenger in the altogether in At Play in the Fields of the Lord (see p. 28), a new drama from Universal.

Berenger, playing a part—Native American who joins a tribe in the wilds of the Brazilian rain forest, not only has a scene requiring full frontal nudity but spends at least two thirds of the movie wearing little more than the Native Brazilian equivalent of a string bikini.

Casting director Dianne Crittenden says Berenger was always director Hector Babenco's first choice for the role and adds that neither "Berenger nor anyone else up for the role had problems with the nudity."

A KAYAK BUILT FOR TWO?

Rocker David Lee Roth is so smitten with Ford model Caron Bernstein that he has taken up residence near the Manhattan loft where Bernstein lives.

So says a source in New York City, who adds that confirmed outdoorsman Dave has even talked Caron into planning a kayak trip with him. The same source also tells us that the couple recently checked into New York's Plaza Hotel under a Roth pseudonym, Darryl Licked—"for derelict."

WOODY SEES, WOODY ACTS

Want to know how Juliette (Cape Fear) Lewis ended up replacing Emily (In Country) Lloyd in Woody Allen's as yet untitled next film?

We hear from a source that, after two weeks of rehearsal and two days of shooting, Allen was unhappy with Lloyd. Allen's rep strongly denied that Woody had problems with Lloyd and said her withdrawal from the film was "by mutual consent." But another source tells us that during that period, Allen saw Cape Fear and was so impressed by Lewis that he called to see if she was available.

When Allen learned that Lewis was free, he checked her out in Cape again and then met her, when she was in New York City hyping the thriller, and gave her the part.

HEAVY HITTERS

The Babe, starring John Goodman as Babe Ruth, has been scheduled for release by Universal in the spring to coincide with the start of the 1992 baseball season.

On Feb. 21, though, Goodman will return home to his native St. Louis to be the guest of honor at a Babe-themed fund-raiser for the city's Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Chairing the event that night will be St. Louis resident and NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, who says those on the dais will include players from the great St. Louis Cardinals teams of the 1960s and, maybe, Hank Aaron, the man who broke Ruth's career home-run record.

Says Goodman, a serious baseball fan: "It'll be like going to a ball game and finding out that your seats are in the dugout."

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