Once Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went off the air 1997, Dean Cain hoped to leap to the big screen. It hasn't been easy. "Those guys, they hear you played Superman—and I guarantee you, 90 percent of them have never seen Superman—and they're like, 'We don't want him,' " says Cain, who hopes to break free from typecasting by playing a gay man in the comedy The Broken Hearts Club. Cain, 34, says he didn't feel too much like a man of steel before filming his kiss with costar Andrew Keegan. "It was easier to read than to do, but Andrew is a very cute man," he says, adding, "It didn't really do anything for me, though Andrew keeps calling."
I Feel Pretty...
Last month the Miami Dolphins retired his No. 13 in an extravagant, nationally televised ceremony, but even so, Dan Marino is not entirely at peace with his decision last March to leave the game after 17 years. "I think about it every day," says Marino, who now cohosts HBO's weekly football analysis show Inside the NFL. "Football has been a part of my life for so many years, sometimes I do think, 'Should I have kept playing?' I believe I made the right decision, but football will never leave me." Likewise, Marino, 38, will never leave the Dolphins: The team has created a bronze statue of him that will be placed outside their stadium. So what does Marino, who joked earlier this year that he hoped for a "good-looking" statue, think of his alter ego? "Oh, it's good-looking," he says, laughing. "Best-looking statue I've ever seen!"
Nowadays Richard Gere can't wait to get home. "Before, when I used to do interviews, I used to think, 'I can't wait to get out of here and be alone,' " says the first-time father, who stars in the comedy Dr. T and the Women, opening Oct. 6. "Now I can't wait to go see him." "Him" would be Homer, the actor's 7-month-old son with former Law & Order star Carey Lowell. "I'm the night guy, but I don't mind it," says Gere, 51, of the requisite changing and feeding duties. In fact the only unpleasant side effect of parenting is that he and Lowell feel too exhausted to contemplate marriage. "It will happen sometime," he says. "We're kind of tired right now."
No Field Mouse
Oscar winner Sally Field no longer worries whether her colleagues really, really like her or not. "As an actor I've always had great relationships with crews," says Field, 53, who makes her feature directorial debut with Beautiful starring Minnie Driver. "I knew it would translate to directing." Nevertheless, while shooting the comedy-drama, Field was forced to dismiss one underperforming crew member—a task she was well prepared to execute. "When you have to fire your 19-year-old housekeeper and you're a young woman not that much older, you dread it," says Field. "Now I can say, 'You know what, this isn't working out. Sorry. Life is hell. Goodbye!' "
Hell on Heels
His turn as a transvestite in the romantic comedy Woman on Top may be a shock to Oz fans who are used to seeing Harrold Perrineau Jr. in the gritty prison drama, but the actor is more concerned about how his siblings will react to the gender-bending role. "My brothers take every role personally," says Perrineau, adding that they didn't take kindly to the drubbing Michael Caine gave him in the 1997 film Blood and Wine. "They said, 'That dude was about 400 years old! How could you let him beat you up?' " At least the only physical damage Perrineau, 37, suffered in Woman came from his character's high heels. "I just don't get them," he says. "They are sexy, they look good, but I couldn't take it on those heels all day long. And I'm vain!"