‘Clueless’ Hedaya plays ‘Game’

GOOD MORNING: Joel Silver spotted Dan Hedaya as Alicia Silverstone’s charmingly gruff widowed attorney-father in “Clueless” and quick set him in a late-added scene in the already completed “Fair Game,” with Steven DeSouza directing. In “Game,” Hedaya plays a less-than-ethical attorney trying to seduce Cindy Crawford! … When paged by Silver, Hedaya was en route to N.Y., to rehearse “Marvin’s Room” as Robert De Niro’s brother along with Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio, for director Jerry Zaks. Now, Hedaya’s skedded to go to N.Y. after winding “Freeway” here for exec producer Oliver Stone — for whom Dan played “Trini Cardozo” in “Nixon.” Hedaya noted his resemblance to Bebe Reboso but says they were unable to use the real name of Nixon’s Florida-based confidant. Hedaya, telling of his scenes with Anthony Hopkins as Nixon, said he was truly awed by Tony’s performance. “He was brilliant, humble. I feel blessed to have worked with such a gifted and kind artist.” Stone asked Hedaya to follow “Nixon” with the “human detective” role in “Freeway.” This is a low-budget picture directed by Matthew Bright, who also scripted. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a “Freeway” serial killer, Brooke Shields is his wife; Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Plummer co-star in the pic, which is often “gruesome,” admits Hedaya. Hedaya also completed “To Die For” with Nicole Kidman, playing Matt Dillon’s father, and “The Usual Suspects,” making him probably the busiest thesp in town! … Oliver Stone took a break after “Nixon,” trekking to Tibet and India with son Sean. On his return, Stone will decide whether he can make a December bow of “Nixon” to qualify for Oscar nomination(s).

THE SAD TASK OF IDENTIFYING the body of David Begelman was placed on Danny Welkes, his friend of 43 years and fellow agent at MCA and CMA. Welkes and Suzanne Pleshette had traced Begelman down to the Century Plaza Hotel & Towers, where security and police revealed Begelman, who had registered under the name of “Bruce Vann.” Welkes had gotten phone calls from David at 4 p.m., Monday, then again at 8:30, giving him instructions for delivery of “farewell” letters. Welkes and Pleshette rushed to Annabelle Begelman’s house, where she was frantic with apprehension. The tragedy unfolded at midnight. He was found dead, Annabelle’s picture at his side. She insisted on coming over “to say goodbye” to him at 2:30 ayem and tearfully returned home, where friends had already started to assemble in the middle of the night. Welkes delivered the rest of the notes to family — and to Annabelle. Wednesday, the entire town was talking about the sad, final chapter of David Begelman … From steamy Richmond, Va., Sinbad, making his debut as a movie producer — also starring in “First Kid”– tells me he has plans for many more pix with far more production involvement. “I don’t plan to make anything worse than PG-13,” he says. “I want to make movies to have fun.” In “First Kid,” he’s a Secret Service Agent assigned to guard the presidential family’s son (Brock Pierce). “I want to learn the business side,” Sinbad said. He has several projects perking: “33 1/3,””The Williams Family” and “Good News, Bad News”… And a phone call from Max Von Sydow “in the wilderness of Norway,” said he. “It’s one of the most dramatic countrysides I’ve ever been in.” And he said he’s appearing in one of the most complex roles he has ever played, “Hamsun.” He was Nobel Prize-winning (1920) novelist Knut Hamsun, who went from Norwegian hero to traitor, supporting Hitler. Jan Troell directs Von Sydow (for the seventh time). “It’s a challenge,” admits the versatile Von Sydow. “He (Hamsun) thought he was a patriot — he thought England was trying to attack Norway! And the Germans used him — because the Norwegians were only getting German newspapers and propaganda and he was unable to listen to radio.” Next for Von Sydow is a miniseries written by Ingmar Bergman — about his mother — co-starring Pernilla August and directed by Liv Ullmann.

SORRY TO REPORT GLENN FORD is not making a rapid recovery since a fall at home. His son, Peter Ford, with wife Lynda and their three children, has moved into Glenn’s house to tend to him … Anna Nicole Smith will now return to Hollywood (following the services for husband J. Howard Marshall II), to start a feature, “Skyscraper”… Jerry Lewis completed his successful stand on Broadway in “Damn Yankees,” and before heading to L.A., Lewis stops in Houston for a checkup, then a visit home in Vegas, a little boating out of San Diego and then he readies for his 40th Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day weekend telethon. Lee Miller is producing, Sam Denoff is consultant … The “Walk in the Clouds” preem at LACMA’s Bing Theater brought out Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Angelica Aragon, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez, director Alfonso Arau, producers David Zucker and Gil Netter, writer Robert Mark Kamen plus Fox toppers.

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