||Even Movie Stars Are Fans
By JAMES BARRON
he famous crowded in for the premiere of "Lisa Picard Is Famous." Never mind that Lisa Picard is the fictional celebrity at the center of a mock documentary about instantly recognizable types: the instantly recognizable types at the premiere on Wednesday included the actresses MIRA SORVINO and HILARY SWANK; the actors LIEV SCHREIBER and CHRISTOPHER MELONI; and the writers DOMINICK DUNNE and JAY McINERNEY.
Such nonhousehold names as LAURA KIRK and NAT DeWOLF were there too. Ms. Kirk plays Lisa Picard. Mr. DeWolf plays an actor who goes from being an unknown to being more famous than Lisa Picard.
In real life, Mr. DeWolf said, he cannot find an agent. And he was dumbstruck at having met KEITH RICHARDS, left, of the Rolling Stones.
"Why? Why?" Mr. DeWolf asked, as in, Why did Keith Richards attend the screening and the party afterward, at Lotus, a nightclub on West 14th Street.
Off to find out. Mr. Richards, standing in a corner talking to the publisher of Rolling Stone, JANN WENNER, called the film "refreshing" but added: "Don't know how it's going to play in Peoria."
Then, after a pause: "Is there such a place as Peoria? I've never played there."
Of course there is, in Illinois. Some language detectives maintain that the phrase "will it play in Peoria" originated in vaudeville. It was resurrected in the Nixon White House. But enough about history. Let's talk about Mr. Richards. What is the best part of being a celebrity?
"The best part is you call the shots," Mr. Richards said. The downside, he said as he pointed at the questioner, "is that you can't do anything without doing this. Sometimes it would be nice to be anonymous."
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