‘Bone’ steps into ring

Sweat 'real' to Banderas, 'gruesome' to Griffith

Monday night was fight night in Hollywood as boxing fans turned out at the El Capitan for the preem of Touchstone’s “Play It to the Bone.”

Co-star Antonio Banderas, who plays an over-the-hill champion wannabe with one more shot at glory, made sure everyone up and down the red carpet knew how much he trained.

“It was a tough shoot,” he said. “The punches were hard, and the sweat was real. I’m in the best shape of my life now.” But wife Melanie Griffith was quick to offer up a less macho take on all of it. “It was gruesome,” she said. “He always came home in a lot of pain.”

Also ringside were Banderas’ opponent Woody Harrelson; director Ron Shelton (who accompanied wife and pic’s seductress Lolita Davidovich); co-stars Lucy Liu, Richard Masur and Cylk Cozart; Disney’s Joe Roth, Dick Cook, Geoffrey Ammer and Oren Aviv; Kevin Costner, Wesley Snipes, Ray Liotta, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Vince Vaughn and Sugar Ray Leonard.

But the evening’s best idea came from Jenna Elfman, who proposed a pay-per-view event nobody could resist. “How about Bill vs. Hillary,” she suggested. “That’s been a long time coming.”

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