George Clooney, Hollywood's biggest practical joker, loves to torment his costars (think canceled airline and hotel reservations). But on the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind set, there was no kidding around because he was too busy directing the movie. However, Clooney made up for lost time during the film's press junket at a Manhattan hotel. He had asked his star Sam Rockwell to join him for dinner, but Rockwell canceled, saying he was too tired. Clooney's retaliation was swift: Later that night he took the "Do Not Disturb" sign from Rockwell's door and replaced it with a breakfast order for four people at 6 a.m.
Owen Wilson keeps an eye on his image—and his budget. While filming The Big Bounce, a Warner Bros, thriller that just wrapped in Hawaii, Wilson was offered a Mercedes convertible for his personal use by the studio. Fearing the luxury wheels would look out of place on the low-key north shore of Oahu, Wilson asked for a modest American-made sedan instead. And despite making $10 million for the movie, Wilson was glad to pocket the difference in the rental fee of the two cars—about $15,000.
Diana Lane deserves an Oscar nomination for her role in the romantic thriller Unfaithful. After all, how many actresses would have been able to keep a straight face while air bubbles from her costar's underwear kept disrupting a sexy bathtub scene? Apparently the bubbling sound caused enough problems that she and Richard Gere had to later re-record some of their dialogue. At least he wore clothes this time around. When the two actors filmed a love scene in The Cotton Club some 20 years ago Gere was naked, Lane tells me. But as a callow 18-year-old she didn't have the nerve to ask him why he was in the altogether. "I figured it was his creative choice," Lane says with a laugh. "I just knew I'd stay on my side of the fence."
Ever since Dharma & Greg ended its five-year run last season, Thomas Gibson has been splitting his time between his family (he and wife Cristina had their second son, Travis, seven months ago; J.P. is 3) and the golf course. The actor got to indulge both passions recently when he was invited to play in the pro-am portion of the PGA's Mercedes Championships in Hawaii. Gibson and other celebs received an all-expenses-paid trip (including a suite at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua), worth more than $10,000, to compete in the event. Not only did the actor take his family whale-watching, the actor, a 1-handicapper who played on a team with Dennis Hopper and Clint Eastwood, tied for first place.