FOR PEET’S SAKE
“I definitely relish playing the villainess,” laughed Amanda Peet at Wednesday night’s premiere of her new romantic comedy, “Saving Silverman.”
Peet — who seems to have cornered the market on high-maintenance sweethearts — plays a fiancee straight from hell. She wraps Jason Biggs around her little finger and manages to alienate him from his Neil Diamond cover-band mates, played by Steve Zahn and Jack Black.
Peet said that acting alongside Zahn and Black, a pair renowned for their Rosencrantz and Guildenstern antics, was her biggest challenge.
“It was very difficult sometimes to not just lose it,” she explained. “I would be off camera going, ‘Are you kidding? I can’t act with this. It’s too funny.”‘
At an after-party at the House of Blues, Biggs revealed that playing Peet’s nebbishy husband-to-be was hardly work.
“Amanda’s pretty stunning — and I got to be engaged to her,” he boasted. “In fact, I don’t think I got paid for this movie. Getting to kiss Amanda was payment enough.”
The following night, Stuart Weitzman, still bubbling from the excitement of designing Laura Bush’s inaugural shoes, opened his Rodeo Drive boutique. Bo Derek flitted around the tiny store searching for a new pair of stilettos, while Michelle Phillips went in search of some champagne-colored pumps.
“These are actually Manolos,” she said apologetically, looking down at her toes, “because I couldn’t find anything in my Stuart Weitzman collection to match the outfit.”