The Hollywood party life can do strange things to a man. ”I have become really partial to tough, rubbery chicken after years of events like this one,” said Henry Winkler at the Feb. 17 American Film Institute’s salute to Harrison Ford. ”I can no longer stand tender, sauced steak.”
Luckily for the former Fonz, this month has seen an overabundance of poultry-filled fests (including another for Ford and the rest of GQ‘s Leading Men of Hollywood at a soiree on Feb. 16). At the AFI shindig, held at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton, tuxedo-clad gents such as David Schwimmer, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas cheered their manly pal Ford. ”Ten of his films are among the most popular of all time,” said Brad Pitt, who costarred with Ford in 1997’s The Devil’s Own. ”This does not include my collaboration with him.”
Testosterone wasn’t the only game in town: A Vagina Monologues party was held Feb. 16 at L.A.’s Atlas Supper Club, following a benefit performance earlier in the evening. ”The audience laughed at every line — and got it,” said Kathy Najimy, who, along with Roseanne, Gillian Anderson, Winona Ryder, and Lara Flynn Boyle, performed the paean to private parts. ”I’m so proud of L.A.!”
The Hanging Up premiere, meanwhile, was doused with a very un-L.A.-like rainstorm. Among the soaking celebs at the Feb. 16 event was Meg Ryan, who called her costar Walter Matthau ”cute.” Ryan’s mock-jealous husband, Dennis Quaid, threatened to ”tear [Matthau] limb from limb.” Easy, tiger! Speaking of fun-filled violence, the Mob comedy The Whole Nine Yards had its premiere Feb. 17 at L.A.’s Century Club. Costar Bruce Willis worked the room, as did fellow action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Steven Seagal, the latter wearing what appeared to be a shoulder purse. But a really manly one.
(With reporting by Carrie Bell, Rachel Fischer, and William Keck)