“When we were casting the movie, I saw them and thought they were perfect,” said “Gattaca” co-producer Danny DeVito at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. “I think maybe sometimes God looks down and sees that and makes it happen.”
Everyone else at the screening also seemed be talking about the, let’s say, superb chemistry between Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Everyone, that is, except the stars themselves.
“The interesting thing about when two actors become romantically involved,” said the movie’s director, Andrew Niccol, “is that sometimes they leave it in the trailer and you don’t see it on the screen. But not with Ethan and Uma.”
Still, despite the on-screen fireworks, the director was in the dark during most of the filming.
“I was the last to know,” he said.
“Casting can always be perfect,” was all Hawke would say, and Thurman dodged the issue altogether. But she did have a publicist relay the details of her outfit: a Lolita Lempicka dress, BCBG sweater and Prada shoes.
When it came to his current career status — unemployed — Hawke was slightly more voluble.
“Right now,” he said, “I’m hanging loose. Footloose and fancy free.”
A few nights later, New York rolled out the red carpet for Richard Gere and Bai Ling at the premiere of “Red Corner,” a high-tension courtroom drama. Gere plays an American lawyer falsely accused of murder in China, and Ling, starring in her first American movie, is the Chinese lawyer who defends him.
At the screening, Julia Roberts upstaged them both. When she walked into the theater, a brief hush fell over the crowd, followed by an enthusiastic ovation. And she’s not even in the movie.

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