Sixties survivors who thought David Crosby’s fleeting appearance as a bathrobed homeowner in this summer’s Backdraft was an acid flashback had better brace themselves for Hook. In Steven Spielberg’s $70 million fantasy, one-third of the veteran rock trio Crosby, Stills & Nash pops up as a slimy concertina-carrying buccaneer. ”I’ve been a pirate all my life,” says the singer, ”but this was the first time I was allowed to wear the clothes.” The costume fit so well, in fact, that Crosby’s scheduled two-day cameo was extended to a monthlong sojourn on the Hook set.
But Crosby is no stranger to the movie business. His father, Floyd, was an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who shot High Noon, among other films. ”As a kid I wanted to be an actor,” says Crosby. ”But then I found out I could get laid right away by going and singing in coffeehouses.” Years later, it was a role as an alcoholic songwriter (”a real stretch,” the now teetotaling Crosby quips) on TV’s Shannon’s Deal that rekindled his interest in acting. Since then, Crosby has been able to strike a happy balance between his two careers. ”I’m in the fortunate position of having a day job, so I can afford to wait around for parts,” he says. Look for him next as an evil, Indian-hating bartender in Michael Apted’s upcoming film Thunderheart, about the conflict between Native Americans and the FBI in South Dakota.