And there were lots of models. It was like a deluxe magazine fashion shoot. Lambert was talking to me at the party when he glanced past me and did somewhat of a double take. Then he got an expression on his face that I once saw in a movie. Not of one of his. Jennifer Jones had that same, exact expression on her face that first time she saw The Immaculate Conception in The Song of Bernadette. He was transfixed by the beauty of a young woman standing on a staircase. But she was not a model. The young woman -- actress Diane Lane. Lambert excused himself saying, "I must go talk to her." And he did.
The next thing I know, we're all in the limo. Christopher Lambert, Diane, me, my co-worker friend Janice -- and somehow actor Mickey Rourke was in the limo too. We went to a place called The China Club and had drinks. Chris, Diane, Janice, me...and Mickey. Janice had to leave because she had a 7:00 edit session in the morning. Chris later said to me, "Diane and I are going back to the hotel. Will you be alright? Do you need a ride?" I could get home on my own and I thanked him so much for his graciousness. He left with Diane. But he left me with Mickey Rourke. To this day, I have no idea what Rourke was saying to because because he sounded like Blacktooth and White Fang on the old Soupy Sales TV show.
Christopher Lambert eventually married Diane Lane.
Lambert plays the director of a bright musical comedy in Hail, Caesar! and Channing Tatum plays the star of the musical. He's a Gene Kelly-like sailor. After Tatum's knock-out nautical tap dance number, there's a scene with the director and Eddie Mannix. Eddie Mannix was a real life powerful Hollywood studio executive in the 1930s and 1940s. He was known as a "fixer" at MGM, an A-list studio. He protected the stars. He kept scandals quiet and kept the stars' names out of the papers. But Hail, Caesar! is not a biopic. It takes the real-life Mannix character and puts him in a Hollywood satire with some loopy situations. Josh Brolin plays Eddie Mannix in Hail, Caesar! and he's terrific.
Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane were married for a few years and then divorced.
Her second husband for almost ten years was...Josh Brolin. They're now divorced.
There was a good 2006 movie called HOLLYWOODLAND. This TV/movie star mystery was also somewhat of a biopic. Ben Affleck played the late actor George Reeves. Reeves had been a longtime capable movie actor since the 1930s (he played one of the Tarleton Twin's in 1939's Gone With The Wind) through the early 1950s (he has a key scene with Burt Lancaster in From Here To Eternity). But movie stardom eluded him. He became a huge star on TV playing Superman in the series, The Adventures of Superman. His untimely death was reported as a self-inflicted gunshot. But there was speculation that the actor was murdered. That speculation as at the heart of Hollywoodland. The late Bob Hoskins played Eddie Mannix in this 2006 movie.
And I still have no idea what the hell Mickey Rourke was saying to me when we were alone at a table in The China Club after I bought him another beer. When I left, he was still at the table.
Here's a trailer for Hail, Caesar!