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]