Back to the Beach
updated 04/02/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/02/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
There were other eye-catching moments during the two-month $15 million shoot near Port Douglas, Australia, and, briefly, Tahiti—among them, rugged Robert Pastorelli (Murphy Brown) singing "Honey Bun" in a hula skirt as hustler Luther Billis. "I won't be able to go back to the neighborhood now!" says Pastorelli, 46.
Harry Connick Jr., 33, who plays U.S. Marine Joe Cable, was more worried about "coming out of a long piece of dialogue and getting onto a moving vehicle while trying to sing," he says. After all, having been entrusted with one of the most celebrated scores ever (with hits including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali H'ai" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair"), the entire cast, says Close, was trying to create "something that will stand on its own forever."