updated 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It sure looks impressive when Hollywood actors do their own stunts—but the off-camera results can be downright dangerous. Cast members partying after the premiere of The Mask of Zorro told me that the film's stars—including Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins—did some of their own fencing. None too adroitly, either. In one scene filmed late at night, Banderas's sword cut the head of Stuart Wilson, who played his evil enemy. Says a forgiving Wilson: "It didn't hurt that much."
If you're nervous about asking your sweetheart for her hand, don't ask Mel Gibson for help. Phil Patelmo, a pharmacist from the Philadelphia area who attended the L.A. premiere party for Lethal Weapon 4 after winning a radio-station contest, approached Gibson with his girlfriend, Annette Moseley, in tow. Patelmo quietly showed the star a diamond ring and asked if he'd help him propose to Moseley. An awkward pause ensued while Gibson sat silently. Finally he barked to the jittery swain, "Well, spit it out! Spit it out!" (Despite the inauspicious opening, Moseley said yes.)
"This has been the longest year of my life," confesses Good Morning America coanchor Lisa McRee, whose job description is to get GMA back on track. She works in" New York City while her husband, Paramount Pictures executive Don Granger, toils in Los Angeles. Talking on the phone 10 times a day helps ease separation pains but has been of exactly no use in helping move them toward their next goal: becoming parents. The couple's solution: They bought a town-house in Manhattan, and Granger will commute East on Thursdays, back West on Sundays.