The Eastwood Mystique
Filming for the Clint Eastwood flick "Flags of Our Fathers" took place at the Iwo Jima Memorial yesterday, and WTOP's Frank Herzog jumped at the chance to be a part of the action. Or rather, his wife did.
The news anchor said he was asked to be an extra in the film three weeks ago, but turned down the offer because the date conflicted with a family reunion. "When I hung up the phone, my wife said, 'Isn't that the Clint Eastwood movie?' " he recalled. "She looked at me very seriously and said, 'You better call them back.' "
The 60-year-old Gaithersburg resident plays a U.S. senator in the film and guesses that he's a Republican as well. "I sit three seats down from [whoever's playing then-Vice President] Dick Nixon. I think I'm probably a powerful member of the Senate," he joked. After a day of filming, the cast and crew are headed to Iceland to shoot the rest of the movie.
Herzog doesn't have any lines in the film, but says he utilized "powerful, engaging facial expressions" to show off his acting skills. He saw Eastwood on the set and said the director looks "just as you'd expect him to look."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also made an appearance at the memorial, but wasn't featured on camera. "He came in and glad-handed everybody," Herzog said. "I don't know why he was there." Maybe he was looking for incredibly sexy cast member Ryan Phillippe. (Oh wait, that was us.)
Game, Set, Toast!
Now that that silly Legg Mason tennis tournament is out of the way, let's go drinking! Andy Roddick was spotted at Georgetown's Mate on Sunday night with James Blake, the man he beat for the tournament championship mere hours earlier.
Lounge owner Osmar Nunez said the frienemies were celebrating with a large group of people over drinks -- "There were a lot of beautiful girls," he helpfully observed. But Roddick, dressed in a white polo shirt and jeans, wasn't too talkative when Nunez introduced himself: "He was quiet. Maybe he's tired of a lot of people going to talk to him."
Or it could be because Nunez made the 22-year-old remove his baseball cap at the door? (Although the owner says Roddick was "cool about it.") He added, "I don't allow shorts after a certain hour. I like to have a good ambiance." Hey, rules are rules.
The group downed cosmopolitans, mojitos and Matatinis (the house martini), as well as a bottle of Veuve Cliquot sent over by Nunez during their three-hour stay. When the crowd finally left, Nunez said Blake, 25, thanked him, said he had a lot of fun and offered to send the owner tickets to the U.S. Open. "He was a really nice guy," Nunez said.
Jackson Jurors Change Their Tune
Two of the Michael Jackson jurors (the ones who have book deals) told MSNBC's Rita Cosby that they regret their decision to acquit the pop singer in his child molestation case. In a "Today" show peek at an interview scheduled to air last night, Eleanor Cook, 79, said her fellow jurors "ought to be ashamed. They're the ones that let a pedophile go."
Ray Hultman, 62, told Cosby that when the jury took an anonymous poll early in the deliberations, he was one of three jurors who voted to convict. On June 13, the group unanimously acquitted Jackson of all charges.
In trying to explain the about-face by Cook and Hultman, Larry Garrison, who is working with both on their separate books and a combined television movie, was vague. In June, Hultman said of the verdict: "That's not to say he's an innocent man. He's just not guilty of the crimes he's been charged with."
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports
and Ray Hultman.Former Redskins announcer Frank Herzog got to play a senator in a scene from Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" filmed here yesterday.