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.