One for the Road
Although Scream 3 has supposedly made the final box office killing for the hit slasher series, Neve Campbell, for one, isn't ruling out another sequel, "I figure when I'm 50 and broke, I'll want to do another one," says Campbell, 26. "Maybe my character, Sidney, has been in an insane asylum for all these years. She breaks out and becomes a killer herself." The actress, who will be exiting her role as Julia Salinger on Party of Five at the end of the season, also has a few ideas about how her FOX drama should conclude. "I keep suggesting that the entire family gets run over by a huge Mack truck," she says. "I know it's a little bit on the depressing side, but the show started when the parents were killed in a drunk-driving accident. I think we should keep with the sadness until the end."
"It's much easier to play someone else than to be yourself onscreen," says Michael Douglas, who transforms himself into a bumbling, out-of-shape English professor in the drama Wonder Boys. "And when it's going good, there's an element of feeling that you're living that character. On Wall Street I felt that. There was no separation between me and Gordon Gekko until the end of the day." In fact, many younger fans still identify Douglas, 55, with his role in the 1987 insider-trading drama, which won him a Best Actor Oscar. "I guess I did that character okay," he says, "because kids in their 20s often come up to me now and say, 'Wow! Gordon Gekko! You're the reason I went into finance.' "
In Hanging Up, Meg Ryan plays an events planner struggling to juggle the demands of career and family. "I know that kind of stress," says Ryan, 38, who has a 7-year-old son, Jack, with husband Dennis Quaid. "Women had no choices for so long, and now we have so many choices. We're not running our lives, we're run around by our lives." So what does Ryan do to relax? Yoga? Hot-oil massage? Seaweed wrap? Guess again. "I start maniacally cleaning my house," she says. "I start picking things up because my stress comes from when things feel very unorganized in my brain."
Classic rocker David Crosby, who was recently revealed to be the father of singer Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher's two children, says he still doesn't understand what all the fuss was about. "I think that it was just the story of the week," says Crosby, 58. "But to me it's a perfectly natural thing." In fact, Crosby maintains that he will not be a doting dad to Bailey, 3, and Beckett, 1. "I will have distant involvement, if any," he says. "Those kids are happy, healthy little critters, and I love them both. But they already have two really good parents. I'm proud to have helped it happen. But I have three kids of my own that I'm taking care of."
From his vantage point, Clarence Williams III, best known as Linc in the 1968-73 crime series The Mod Squad, says that the on-again, off-again relationship of Ben Affleck
and Gwyneth Paltrow
appeared to be very "on-again" during the filming of Reindeer Games. "Ben's lady Gwyneth flew in to see him all the time on the set," says Williams, 60, who costars with Affleck in the casino-heist thriller. "They would be standing in the snow holding hands. People would gasp because it was like the Golden Couple had arrived. Standing there were two Oscar winners. They're gorgeous, they have lots of money and fame. You almost wanted to bow to them."