Not since Charlton Heston told a “dirty ape” what to do with his stinking paws has an actor been so tormented by a monkey.
While not exactly the kind of abject captivity that Heston endured in “Planet of the Apes,” the slapping match Ben Stiller went through with Crystal, the Capuchin monkey, in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” was torture enough.
“There’s no way to feel great about having a monkey slap your face on any level,” Stiller says, adding that the trainer would be off-camera shouting, “ ‘Get him! Get him! Hit him harder! Hit him harder!’ And then they give it a treat.”
Co-star Hank Azaria says he could tell Stiller was dreading the scene because he arrived on the set “despondent.”
“It was really the depths of depression over ‘monkey day,’ ” he says.
“ ‘Monkey day’ is never a good day,” Stiller agrees. “You start to question your life and your career.”
He says it was much better being slapped in the film by Amy Adams because “there’s a kiss that comes before and after.”
Get me the @*$! out of here
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t be doing a TV reality show set in Costa Rica, but his wife will.
A federal judge barred Blagojevich from leaving the country pending his political corruption trial, but he and wife Patti announced on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday that she will appear on the upcoming season of “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.”
She said her involvement will show that her profanity-laced comments in secret recordings by prosecutors don’t reflect her real self.
Going under, Kardashians?
The reality-star Kardashian sisters were all smiles at the grand opening of their new luxury boutique in Miami Beach, though it had just been vandalized the day before.
The upcoming “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” will chronicle their adventures while sister Kim holds down the fort at their flagship store in California.
A section of the front window of the Florida store was scratched Tuesday and the letters “GUK” were painted in black on the window frame. It’s not clear what that might mean.
Turning a Def ear
There will be no encore for Jay-Z and Def Jam.
The rapper confirms reports that he has left the record company where he made most of his biggest hits and went from artist to president, and back to artist again.
Last year, Jay-Z and Live Nation struck a wide-ranging deal that included touring, publishing and albums, but he owed Def Jam one more record.
The birthday bunch
Actor Michael Constantine (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Room 222”) is 82. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 71. Actor Frank Converse is 71. Actor Michael Sarrazin is 69. Actress Barbara Parkins (“Peyton Place,” “Valley of the Dolls”) is 67. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 59. Singer Morrissey is 50. Actress Ann Cusack (“Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “A League of Their Own”) is 48. Model Naomi Campbell is 39. Actress Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY”) is 37. Singer Donell Jones is 36.
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