MIAMI — Just before showtime at the premiere for Touchstone Pictures’ “The Crew” on South Beach, the operative word on the red carpet outside the Regal Cinemas was heat — of the sun-fried variety, rather than the showbiz kind.
With a rat-a-tat stream of air kisses, co-star Lainie Kazan breathed in the cool air of the lobby with, “Enjoy yourself, but I have to take a break first.”
Cast member Jeremy Pivens insisted that he never sweats at premieres: “Only when I’m being paid, or spanked.”
Guest Tim Allen overstated the hardships of glamour: “I’ve lost a gallon and a half in four seconds out here.”
Florida boy and pic’s star Burt Reynolds seemed to be the most comfortable star, negotiating a recalcitrant flamingo during a photo-op (“Look at him run — he must have seen all my films.”) and tossing out amiability: “This is a feel-good picture and there’s a need for that — plus it’s a way for four old guys to get a good job.”
This being South Beach, the social cast at the Level nightclub after-party, co-hosted by Ocean Drive mag, included everyone from stars Dan Hedaya, Seymour Cassel and Carrie-Anne Moss; producers Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld; helmer Michael Dinner; Disney exec Dick Cook; and guests Jerry Bruckheimer, Maria Bello, Rosie O’Donnell to drag celebrity Elaine Lancaster and aspiring gangster molls, dancing to a sound track that spanned vintage disco to ’50s lounge music.
By midnight, the red ropes of the VIP room had parted and everyone mingled, Cassel gracefully dancing to Tony Bennett while Moss looked on appreciatively: “Miami is the city for a party.”