Great Scott


By Bob Merrick

There is a scene in The Aviator where you are sitting at a table with Leo, Cate, and Jude Law while Martin Scorsese is behind the camera. How did you function?

Well, I shit my pants. [Laughs] It was cool. I think it was a real ingenious piece of casting because he had three icons sitting at a table playing three icons and one unknown person playing an unknown. I thought it was a very intelligent way to put the scene together. It was easy to be that guy and feel how that guy must've felt at the time being at the table with these people and being envied by everyone in the room. It was crazy. I still can't believe I was there.

Do you have any onscreen romance in the new movie Monster-in-Law or are you playing the gay sidekick?

No, I play a character that is just coming out. So it's more about the character learning about himself. That is kind of the comedy of it, me finding out.

So I can't look forward to a nice gratuitous makeout scene with you and Michael Vartan?

[Laughing] No. You do not get that. Sorry to disappoint.

Do you have a favorite experience on-set with Jane Fonda?

Jane was really cool. She has so many great stories. She can say she is the only person that has skinny-dipped with Greta Garbo and Michael Jackson. She's had a hell of a life, and I think her memoirs are coming out, so finally everyone will be able to hear her great stories. Also, I was doing a scene with her once and I looked at her and for the briefest second, I saw her father. And just knowing she was a Fonda' It was a crazy realization that I was working with one.

What about with Jennifer?

There was a scene where we were dancing and it was very spur of the moment. And it should be known that I am the whitest guy in America; just terrible! And she just starts doing all of these expert hip-hop moves. She was a Fly Girl and I was No Fly Boy. It was pretty embarrassing, but I am one of the few that can say I danced with J. Lo.

What is the biggest misconception people have about Jennifer Lopez?

Probably that she is high maintenance, the whole 'diva thing.' I never saw any of that and she was always as cool as can be. Jennifer is a real sweetheart. She was always a pleasure on set.

Well, that's not what anyone wants to hear! Did you help J. Lo choose songs for her new album?

I did. [Sarcastically] Well, I like wrote half of them. Whether she liked it or not, I helped her pick them. [Laughs]