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In the first row behind home plate, millionaire developer Joe Robert sat with former Marine commandant Mike Hagee; Steve Case was a couple rows back, as was Margaret Spellings. In the first row behind the visitors' dugout, Colin Powell marveled over the whiz-bang HD effects: "The scoreboard is the best I've ever seen anywhere." One section over, Tim Russert and James Carville shared their ballpark Zen. "Baseball is life," said Russert. "Politics? Pfft."

And the president? Bolten told us that before throwing out the first pitch (and drawing some boos, but nothing as loud as what Dick Cheney heard on Opening Day '06), Bush toured the clubhouse and greeted both teams. Is he a Nats fan? Bolten responded with the only politically correct comment of the night: "He's a baseball fan."

Sorely Tested Crowe Keeps His Cool

Breaking news! Russell Crowe once again failed to punch someone in the face Saturday night!

In nearly a month of filming "State of Play" in D.C., the famously hot-tempered Oscar winner has encountered all manner of provocations (autograph seekers, cherry blossom traffic, happy hours overrun by lawyers), but by all accounts has behaved like a gentleman. This past weekend he continued to keep his cool in the face of the most obnoxious irritant yet -- a loudmouth who crashed his movie shoot.

The scene was Mount Pleasant, where Crowe's scruffy-reporter character lives. Around midnight, as the crew filmed Crowe standing at a bus stop by tiny Lamont Park, a man burst onto the set, waving his arms and shouting that he could walk wherever he wanted. The man was ushered away and the scene was reshot -- but the guy kept yelling from the sidelines, witness Claudia Lujan told our colleague Sylvia Moreno, so Crowe walked over to him with two bodyguards.

"Man, this is my job, this is what I do," Crowe calmly told the man, according to Lujan. "Do you know how many millions it takes to film these shots and to redo them?" As the star walked away, the heckler exploded: "[Expletive] you, Russell Crowe! [Expletive] my [expletive]!"

That's when news almost happened. Lujan said Crowe spun around and started to walk back -- but his bodyguards reached out and advised the actor to let it be. He did, and police escorted the man from the set.

Lujan, a city policy analyst whose third-floor apartment (above Heller's Bakery and a Guatemalan restaurant) was used as Crowe's pad, applauded the actor's restraint. "He was very 'on,' honestly, talking to the guy calmly. The guy was really obnoxious. I just hope [Crowe] doesn't think everybody in Mount Pleasant is like that."

Make Room for 'Daddy' During 'Doonesbury's' Hiatus

While Garry Trudeau is on a 12-week hiatus from "Doonesbury," The Post will test three new comics. The first is "Daddy's Home." Please let us know how you like it. Visit http://xnews/comics/survey.cfm; write Comics Feedback, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; e-mail comics@washpost.com; or call the Comics Hotline at 202-334-4775.


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