“These are my relief pitchers,” said Kevin Costner, as he shepherded his son Joe and daughters Anne and Lily into last week’s Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, “For Love of the Game.”
Walking through the Cineplex in Century City, Costner was joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Danny Glover, Nastassja Kinski, Selma Blair, and his co-star, Kelly Preston.
“Baseball is so patriotic,” said a starry-eyed Preston, who was also hiding a small pregnant belly under a black Gucci sequined dress.
With the role of an aging Detroit Tigers pitcher, Costner insisted he wasn’t deliberately falling back on the theme of his earlier hits, “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams.” And although he may love the game — “I like to play, I don’t like to watch,” he said — he isn’t necessarily such a good sport.
“He gets mad,” said former Boston Red Sox right fielder Steve Lyons, who plays an announcer in the movie. “He’s really serious.”
The previous night in Paris, rival premieres on the Champs-Elysees drew celebrity crowds. At one end of the avenue, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith turned up for “Crazy in Alabama,” while closer to the Arc de Triomphe, President Jacques Chirac and his wife, Bernadette, made a rare joint appearance for a screening of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” organized by the Foundation Claude Pompidou. The evening’s proceeds will go toward building France’s first Alzheimer’s center in Brittany.
Following the film, guests including Claude Pompidou, Helene Rochas, Philippine de Rothschild, Helene David-Weill, Ernest-Antoine Selliere and Silvia de Waldner — accompanied by a swarm of secret service agents — headed for dinner to Ledoyen, where a large plastic tent had been erected over the restaurant’s garden.
“I wish there was a window to open,” said Francois Rochas, gasping for air. The tent had turned into a hothouse.