Plus Cindy Crawford's acting skills and Julie Delphy is lost in translation


ALL’S FAIR: She’s a supermodel, MTV star, and ultrapitchwoman, but can Cindy Crawford act? The question will be answered when Crawford’s screen debut, Fair Game, opens this fall. Producer Joel Silver, who handpicked Crawford to play an attorney opposite William Baldwin in the action-thriller, isn’t worried. ”I’ve believed in Cindy as a personality for a long time,” says Silver. ”She’s particularly likable, and that’s the first thing that someone has to find in a movie star.” Crawford, who’s working with an acting coach during the three-month production in Miami, has a more pragmatic attitude: ”You know what, I’m not expecting to be Meryl Streep. If I’m just fine, fine. If I’m better than good, it’ll be a surprise for everybody.” – Anderson Jones

LANGUAGE BARRIER: For French actress Julie Delpy, a few lines of the chatty Before Sunrise screenplay were lost in the translation. ”I got to a part in the script which talked about ‘getting to first base’ and ‘to second base’ and I was totally confused,” says Delpy, whose character enjoys a 14-hour romance with Ethan Hawke. ”I thought this was a baseball term, but this isn’t a movie about baseball.” So she asked Hawke and director Richard Linklater to explain. Which they did — when they were through laughing. ”The guys teased me a lot, and it is funny, really,” admits Delpy. ”I kept saying ‘Come on, is that what a home run really is?’ I’ll never watch a baseball game in quite the same way.” – Cindy Pearlman

STONE COLD: Picture this: A Sharon Stone movie without any lovemaking. Such basic instincts won’t be found in her Western The Quick and the Dead, which opens this week, though not for lack of trying. ”We shot a sex scene [between Stone and costar Russell Crowe], but it didn’t really play,” says Quick director Sam Raimi. ”Why would she stop gunslinging and all of a sudden have sex? So I removed it.” Though Raimi says the edit prompted TriStar to have ”a heart attack,” a test audience reacted positively to the lack of romance. ”At the end [of the screening],” says Raimi, ”a woman stood up and said, ‘I’m so thankful you did not include the obligatory sex scene of Sharon Stone.”’ Meanwhile, Stone says she knew her efforts were destined for the cutting-room floor. ”We did a very beautiful, very sexy scene, but it wasn’t appropriate for this movie,” says Stone. ”Aren’t you relieved you don’t have to watch me in a sex scene? I know I am.” – CP

DUTIFUL MUSIC: Farewell, Elton John. In addition to Broadway’s Judy Kuhn, Disney’s got a new singer for the upcoming Pocahontas soundtrack. It’s Mel Gibson? Besides providing the voice of Capt. John Smith, the actor will also do a little crooning. ”I sing a love song — don’t laugh,” says Gibson, who describes his voice as not so much on the cutting edge as ”on the edge of crummy. My musical talent is that I’m a very good listener. The singing was enjoyable, but I can’t see making a career change.” Gibson sees only one drawback to the whole experience. ”I just hope there isn’t going to be a concert tour.” – CP