'Guys' screens at Museum of Modern Art

Al Pacino and Christopher Walken posed for pictures and skipped the press line at the Museum of Modern Art’s celeb-packed Sunday night screening of “Stand Up Guys.” Alan Arkin, the film’s third Oscar winner, proved more journo friendly, revealing that there was never a Bring Your Oscar to the Set Day during production.

“I don’t know anybody who has ever done that. But I did insist,” he joked.

Director Fisher Stevens had first-day jitters. “I have to be honest, it was a bit daunting,” he said of working with the three stars.

When Pacino, a stickler for realism, has to down a half bottle of Viagra, Stevens was summoned. “We had many conversations about Viagra and I can tell you none of them took Viagra — at least that’s what they said. I’m a lot younger, so I had to explain what it is and I decided to do a little experiment. It’s powerful.”

For co-star Julianna Margulies, “Stand Up Guys” turned into great theater. “In-between takes, Al and Chris would just recite Shakespeare,” Margulies recalled, although she never joined in. “I felt I should be paying a ticket to watch. I would never be so bold.”

Among those partying at the Plaza’s Oak Room afterwards were Ben Stiller, Liev Schreiber and Sam Rockwell.

Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!
Post A Comment 0