Wild Orchid, the erotic thriller set in Brazil and starring Mickey Rourke, is blossoming with preproduction intrigue. Jacqueline Bisset will replace Anne Archer, who reportedly abandoned the part of a "sensual investment banker" because the scenes were too steamy. Though Archer's publicist, Deborah Kelman, says there were "creative differences," director Zalman King hints that those differences were the sex scenes. "Women have flirted with this, but when it becomes a reality it's difficult," says King. "I don't want to compromise." King has also cast Vogue cover girl Carré Otis in the role for which Brooke Shields auditioned. What happened to Shields? "She wouldn't take her clothes off. That was our creative difference."
"I was flabbergasted when it got an X," says British director Michael Caton-Jones, who made an emergency trip to Manhattan to "tame" his Scandal orgy. "I've learned how puritanical Americans are, more repressed than the British. You always have sheets glued to the actors' chests. The orgy was never about eroticism—it was about the absurdity of a life-style." To get an R rating, Caton-Jones took out "the couple copulating on the piano and the woman sipping tea and not taking any notice." An endangered shot of Britt Ekland (left, with John Hurt) sporting gold nipples remains. "The gold was Britt's idea," says the director.
SWEET AND SOUR NOTES
Although Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are recording together again, they haven't gotten so carried away that they're actually speaking very much. A well-placed source says the studio sessions began after a handwritten agreement specified which performer would do what, so there would be no bickering. During their planned fall tour, there will be designated go-betweens to run interference. The office of Stones press agent Paul Wasserman says, "We know nothing about it."
LEGENDS & LEGACIES
Peter Fonda has signed to tell his tumultuous tale to Delacorte Press for a reported $750,000. "It will be a story of what it's like being in the eye of three tornadoes: the Henry Fonda family and all that entailed, the '60s and Hollywood," says Delacorte spokesman Bob Miller. Expect the most poignant chapter to be Peter's account of the 1950 suicide of his mother, Frances Brokaw: Just discussing the ordeal led the 49-year-old actor to break down and weep in one editor's office.