Plus, the latest quotes from George Clooney, Mel Gibson, and Rene Russo

By EW Staff
July 12, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Unlike certain characters in ”X-Men,” we don’t have the mutant superpower to read the minds of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. But EW Online DOES have the latest about what they’re really thinking during the summer movie season.

? ”Considering I’m starting some kind of career in Hollywood, I’d like the regenerative ability of Logan. The fact that he’s about 100 years old could come in kind of handy if we end up doing ‘X-Men 7.”’ — Hollywood newcomer HUGH JACKMAN, on his ”X-Men” character’s healing power

? ”No, but he certainly could kick the shit out of Captain Kirk. And you may quote me.” — PATRICK STEWART (Professor X), on whether his character could kick Capt. Jean-Luc Picard’s butt

? ”I would make it rain more in Southern California. It doesn’t rain enough. And I love good rainy ‘curl up with a book’ days.” — HALLE BERRY (Storm), on what she’d do if she had her ”X-Men” alter ego’s abilities

? ”I would say telepathy but only if I actually could manipulate people’s thoughts, especially in Hollywood. When you’re sitting in the room with a director who goes, ‘Wrong person,’ you could turn the thoughts into, ‘Oh, she’s starting to look really good. Yup, right person!’ — ”X” woman FAMKE JANSSEN (Jean Gray), on how she’d use her powers to change a few producer’s minds

? ”People confuse me with Adam Arkin. One time he went into a premiere and this guy kept yelling at him, ”George! George!’ He finally said, ‘It’s not George.” And the guy said, ”Oh, well, Mr. Clooney, then.” I’m getting shit and I wasn’t even there.” — ”Perfect Storm” star GEORGE CLOONEY on a case of mistaken identity

? ”I do feel patriotic to the U.S., but not in the way you might expect. I don’t feel loyal to the Democrats or the Republicans or any of that kind of stuff. How can you? It’s just the notion that this country has many flaws, but for all its faults it’s still the best place to live. Australia isn’t even as free as it is here. They’ll still arrest you for not getting a dog license down there. — ”The Patriot”’s MEL GIBSON on why he’s a Yankee Doodle Dandy

? ”I think I’m completely the obvious choice to play Natasha. I know how different I can look with makeup because I modeled. I have the kind of face that can do the drag queen, hard kind of look. All I need is a black wig and tons of makeup. I’ve got the skinny little body. I’ve even got her ass, for crying out loud. I knew I would be perfect.” — RENE RUSSO on why she’s the perfect Natasha for ”The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”

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