It was the naive and the nefarious in film debuts with the Hollywood premiere of “Forrest Gump,” the story of a completely innocent man, and the New York premiere of “The Shadow,” about an evil man who’s reincarnated as a good one.

In Hollywood, the land of make-believe, Tom Hanks conceded that his “obliviousness has paid off almost as well as Forrest’s.”

Hanks’s co-star, Sally Field, said she still believes in dreams, but judging by her looks, she also believes in keeping fit.

Rocker Eddie Van Halen and wife Valerie Bertinelli, meanwhile, traded in their wild child images for short, serious haircuts and staid, sensible clothes.

In New York, evil was lurking in the hearts of men and women at the premiere of “The Shadow” — particularly when the overbooked screening ran out of seats — but few would admit it.

“I could never tell you what evil lurks in my heart,” said Alec Baldwin. “But I could,” said Kim Basinger.

“If I told you what it was, it wouldn’t lurk anymore,” reasoned Alan Alda.

But Penelope Ann Miller, thrusting out her hips in a clingy mermaid gown along the photo arrival line, wasn’t bashful: “Sex, I guess, if you call that evil.”

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