updated 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Is Kevin Bacon having second thoughts about giving audiences the full monty in his new thriller Wild Things? "I'm really upset," says Bacon, 39, of his frontal nudity scene. "It was in my contract that they couldn't show anything. So now, since I executive-produced this film, I have a lawsuit against myself. It's gonna get ugly." Joking aside, it was altogether Bacon's executive decision. "Our editor called me up when she was cutting the film and said, 'The way it's cutting right now, we're seeing everything when you walk out of the shower,' " he says. "I said, 'Well, how does everything look?' She said, 'Actually, good.' So I said, 'Well, then, no problem.' " His wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, doesn't have a problem with the scene either. "She has seen it before," he observes. "Now she gets to see everything on a 40-foot screen."

"When you make the assumption someone has recognized you, it usually just means your fly is undone," says striking British actor Rufus Sewell, 30, who is courting Stateside stardom with two current movies, the science-fiction thriller Dark City and the period drama Dangerous Beauty. But Sewell says he is well aware of the dangers of Hollywood success. "I want to become an established actor, but I don't necessarily think that means moving to America," he says. "I think if you do, you end up worrying about paying for your swimming-pool cleaning bills. You end up being kick-boxer villain No. 4 in some mindless action movie in order to support this lifestyle. I'm trying to avoid getting a lifestyle to support."

Costarring with 73-year-old screen legend Paul Newman in the crime drama Twilight triggered "a lot of jealousy" for young actor Liev Schreiber. "Paul was very popular, very good-looking, and everybody loved him," says Schreiber, 30. "I figured at the very least the young women on the set would like me because, well, I'm younger. But when Paul's around, it's all him, him, him!" Schreiber is getting used to taking such blows to his ego. Despite recent roles in Scream 2 and Sphere, he's having trouble making a name for himself in Hollywood. "People always pronounce it Leave," says Schreiber, whose first name is pronounced Lee-ev. "I walk into a casting person's office and the first thing I usually hear is, 'Leave!' "

ER's Julianna Margulies says she didn't OD on testosterone costarring with Matthew Mc-Conaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich and Vincent D'Onofrio in the '20s adventure The Newton Boys. "Sexual differences didn't matter," says Margulies, 31, who plays McConaughey's girlfriend. "I was accepted as a friend rather than as the woman in the group. We hung out in my [hotel] room, singing, strumming our guitars and playing cards. But not poker—I won't play that with the boys until I get better." But there is one male-bonding ritual in which Margulies already has the upper hand: "I'm always the first person to tell a really bad dirty joke."

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