updated 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Mornings can be a nightmare for Gabrielle Union, thanks to her nasally congested spouse, former NFL star Chris Howard. "My husband refuses to accept that he has allergies. He snorts every morning," says Union, 31, who costars with Jamie Foxx in the romantic comedy Breakin' All the Rules. "It's the nastiest way to wake up—to the sound of snot going backwards 100 miles an hour. I'm like, 'Babe, you've got to get some [medicine]. You're suffering from allergies.' He says, 'No, I'm not' It started to really make me angry. Your day is not going to go great when you have to listen to that freaking sound at 7 a.m."
For his role as a hypnotherapist in the thriller Close Your Eyes, ER's Goran Visnjic had a trance-inducing experience of his own. "It was crazy. I was lying down, and the [hypnotist] said, 'Relax,' " says Visnjic, 31. "I thought, 'Geez, I'm not hypnotized. This is boring.' It was so hot in the office, so I said, 'Can you please turn the air conditioning on?' He said, 'Of course.' Then I told him, 'It's getting really cold now.' At the end of the session, he said, 'You know, we don't have AC The temperature never changed. Hypnosis is a powerful thing."
Playing a divorce lawyer who weds a fellow attorney after a drunken night in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction reminded Pierce Brosnan of how glad he is to be married. "Making small talk, getting to know each other and feeling like, 'Who the hell is this person, what am I doing with her?' is hard," says the Irish actor, 50, who wed Keely Shaye in 2001. "I love the romance of a good woman and the great rush of falling in love, but dating gives you a headache."
As host of IFC's celeb gab fest Dinner for Five, Jon Favreau has broken bread with many stars. "The pickiest was Ed Begley Jr.—he's a vegan. Garry Shandling ate like he had a cab waiting outside," says Favreau, 37. "Colin Farrell was the least intelligible guest ever. He threw back a couple and fell into his native brogue. By the end, he sounded like Brad Pitt in Snatch."
Firing guns and intimidating bad guys may pay the bills, but Denzel Washington wouldn't mind trading action sequences for pratfalls. "I really want to do a comedy. If [Stuck on You directors] the Farrelly brothers called, I'd jump at it," says the 49-year-old Oscar winner, currently starring in the thriller Man on Fire. "I just saw O Brother, Where Art Thou? the other day. That's a crazy movie. Tell the studios that I want to do a [film]: me and Tom Hanks, two nutty guys wandering around."