Bon Jovi tries acting on for size

By EW Staff
Updated October 27, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Check mate, Mr. Spielberg: Being the wife of a megamogul helped coax Kate Capshaw, a.k.a. Mrs. Steven Spielberg, back to the screen. ”I’m happy raising the kids,” says Capshaw, last seen opposite Sean Connery in Just Cause. ”But Steven would come home and I’d say, ‘Honey, what did you do today?’ And it would be like ‘I talked to Harrison and Tom and on and on.’ And I would say, ‘Well, look what I did to the saran-wrap drawer.’ It was time to get back to work.” Which, as she explains, was hard on hubby. To land her role as Winona Ryder’s hippie mom in the Amblin-produced How to Make an American Quilt, Capshaw’s taped audition was reviewed by her favorite Amblin executive — Spielberg. Says director Jocelyn Moorhouse, ”I was just praying that Kate would be wonderful, and she was.” The actress had her own worries: ”Can you imagine telling your wife ‘Look, honey, you weren’t that good’? It could have been horrible.”

Simonized: Maybe they should call it NBC Suite. Seinfeld‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, along with Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer, will be neighbors in an upcoming two-hour TV adaptation of Neil Simon’s less-than-lauded 1995 play London Suite (which closed after a four-month stint Off Broadway). Grammer is looking forward to flexing his thespian muscles: ”I’ve always admired Neil Simon; he’s an icon of the American theater. And I think it’s a nice part.” Simon won’t comment on the small-screen conversion, but executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. (Scarlett) is happy to take on an Off Broadway castoff. ”Why look around for ideas for television when it’s all right in front of you?” says Halmi. ”What’s good about it is that it can utilize all the wonderful sitcom talents that are hot now. It’s the best marriage in the world.”

— Liza Schoenfein

Moonlighting Valentino: Much to everyone’s surprise, Jon Bon Jovi did not give acting a bad name in his first movie, Moonlight and Valentino. Yet his role as a hunky housepainter with good hair in the estrogen-heavy (Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth Perkins, and Gwyneth Paltrow) film left him longing for a little male companionship. ”The director, David Anspaugh, and I talked about football,” says Bon Jovi. Now, with his second emoting gig lined up — playing an aspiring actor in The Leading Man — Bon Jovi says he isn’t forsaking his music: ”Records are what I do for a living, but acting is an outlet. And it can be easier than going on tour with the band. One of the things about acting I like is the idea of sleeping in the same bed for three months at a time. That’s appealing.” Wait till he hears about points.