Albert Brooks held center court at Spago Monday night, uncharacteristically ebullient after the premiere of his USA Films release “The Muse” at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
From behind sunglasses that one couldn’t help think were as much a spoof of the bigwig chicanery lampooned in the pic as a barrier against paparazzi flashbulbs, Brooks took aim at Hollywood.
“It took me about a year to find this great company to make this film, after another studio — which rhymes with fairamount — chose not to make it,” grinned Brooks, its helmer, co-scribe and co-star.
Star Sharon Stone praised attendees: “Without you here, there would be no Planet Hope”– referring to the indigent children’s summer camp charity for which the premiere sought to raise green.
Asked who his real life muse was, Brooks kidded: “My wife, Kimberly, is my muse, and so is my writing partner, Monica Johnson — along with a few one-night stands that I can’t remember.”
Seen nearby were “Muse” co-star Andie MacDowell and producer Herb Gannis, USA co-prexies Scott Greenstein and Russell Schwartz and Anne Sterling.
Causing photog palpitations were supermodel Rachel Hunter, Michael Douglas with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lorenzo Lamas and wife Shawna, TV thesp Mathew Perry, Gina Gershon, Faye Dunaway, Red Buttons and Rosanna Arquette.
Wolfgang Puck, Spago super-chef who had a cameo in the film, circulated through the tent watching guests dispatch his tenderly cooked salmon with gusto.
Said Puck, “The cooking is good. The movie, I don’t know.”