Stars of 'One Fine Day' knew each other back when...
December 19, 1996
Web posted at: 2:15 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Sherry Sylvester
In "One Fine Day," Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney meet, argue, and fall in love in classic Hepburn-and-Tracy style. The romantic comedy, which opened Tuesday, is the first on-screen pairing of the two. But they've known each other for a while. (864K/22 sec. QuickTime movie)
Clooney and Pfeiffer met years ago, when Clooney was dating Pfeiffer's sister, Dedee. Pfeiffer's reaction: "Kind of cute, one of Dedee's boyfriends, yeah, OK, nice to meet you..." Hardly the stuff of movie magic.
Clooney went on to fame on "E.R.," and Dedee landed the role of the older daughter on "Cybill." But Pfeiffer, the producer of "One Fine Day," took a second look at Clooney when she began looking around to cast a co-star.
"He's a little bit of a smart-aleck," Pfeiffer said, "but in a charming kind of way, and he could do this part. Yeah. Good idea."
Pfeiffer and Clooney play sparring single parents in the decidedly old-fashioned, PG-rated romantic comedy. Forget about steamy sex scenes; the pair share only a kiss. "I was totally embarrassed the day we were shooting that scene," Pfeiffer said. "I couldn't even look at George until they said 'Action'."
"Oh, very difficult," Clooney jokes. "You always see these people: 'yeah, it's so embarrassing, all these people standing around watching you, it's so difficult...' No. You get to kiss Michelle Pfeiffer. How difficult is that? I used to cut tobacco for a living, now I'm kissing Michelle Pfeiffer."
Clooney's priority is adjusting to his status as a movie star.
"The best advice is from my father. He got it by watching my aunt Rosemary (Clooney), who was very successful, and then not," he said. "My father used to tell me, 'you're never as good as they say you are, and you're never as bad as they say you are.'"
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