updated 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Now that the citizens of Gotham are safe, Michael Keaton took some vacation time with his two brothers in the trout-fishing mecca of Ennis, Mont. (POP. 660 PEOPLE AND 11 MILLION TROUT boasts a local welcome sign.) Late one night recently at Ennis's Silver Dollar Saloon, local Bill Long began chatting with Keaton. "I told him I climb poles for the phone company, and he said he always wanted to try that," says Long, who quickly fetched his gear from home. Then the 37-year-old Keaton—who was sober—started climbing. "It's fairly difficult, but Keaton did a pretty fair job. He would 'have gone to the top if we let him," says Long. A dozen bar patrons watched and began singing, "I'm a lineman for the county." But when Keaton descended, there was one Joker who wasn't amused. Sheriffs Sgt. Merlin Ehler advised the Batman star that telephone-pole climbing "wasn't too kosher" and asked to see ID. But, since climbing telephone poles isn't illegal in Ennis—even at 1 A.M.—and Keaton was so well behaved, Ehler says he dropped the whole matter.
BUT ARE THEY MASCARA-PROOF?
Get those charge cards ready. The first pieces in a line of limited-edition Tammy Faye Bakker label clothing went on sale recently at Designer Boutique in Orlando. The boutique is in the same shopping mall as the studio from which televangelists Jim and Tammy are broadcasting their new daily cable-TV show. The new Tammy Faye apparel includes pastel one-piece dresses for $69 and brightly colored cloaks for $159. Tammy Faye jewelry and cosmetics are in the planning stage. "Women absolutely love Tammy Faye's fashions," says D.B. owner Ken Coppersmith, adding that Tammy will be wearing the clothes on her TV show. Buy now, pray later?
Despite Lethal Weapon 2's stridently anti—South African plot, the Danny Glover—Mel Gibson (right) hit is scheduled to open in early fall in that racially divided country. This doesn't seem to bother diplomats at the South African Consulate-General in Beverly Hills, even though they are portrayed in the movie as drug-running murderers. "I personally don't see anything wrong with the movie," says Vice-Consul Rafique Gangat. "It's fiction and entertainment. It's not a documentary. I work in the consulate and I'm not involved in drugs or gunrunning."