PlayStation 2 -- Robert Downey Jr., Debra Messing, and other stars can't wait to get their hands on Sony's new video game console

By Jessica Shaw
Updated September 27, 2019 at 03:31 AM EDT

Hollywood was so abuzz with excitement on Oct. 18, you would’ve thought a liposuction pill had just been invented. The frenzy, alas, wasn’t for a plastic-surgery panacea, but it did involve a chunk of plastic — PlayStation 2 (”PS2” to those who don’t want to get eye rolls from game-playing geeks) — which made its debut at a lavish star-studded event at L.A.’s Pacific Design Center. With the $299 machine expected to fly off shelves (Steven Spielberg, Sandra Bullock, and Matthew Perry have already secured theirs), celebs looking for a sneak peek, including Robert Downey Jr., Jason Biggs, Patricia Arquette, Ryan Phillippe, Debra Messing, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, found themselves among the hundreds of fans who (horrors!) waited on lines to test out games like Tekken Tag and Madden 2001. (Another way to get your hands on the magical box? Get invited to The Daily Show or Late Night With Conan O’Brien: The PS2 figures prominently in both of their green rooms.) ”I was such a PS2 freak, I went to Japan three months ago to get one,” says Parker. Of course, his goodwill toward PlayStation faded somewhat after he wasn’t allowed to cut the line. ”I did an hour of press to come here. Now I’m pissed. Now it’s all about Nintendo.”