Awards Bring Out Stars’ True Feelings

Jan 24, 2005  •  Post A Comment

This year’s Golden Globe winners shared much of themselves backstage with reporters, but none were as effusive or as philosophical as William Shatner, who won a Golden Globe for his work on ABC’s “Boston Legal.”

One reporter suggested to Mr. Shatner that his character, the eccentric attorney Denny Crane, would ask his law firm for a raise if he had been so honored.

“Well, so would William Shatner,” Mr. Shatner said. “We reach a common ground right there. Will I ask for a raise? I think I will. That’s a good idea. I wish I had thought of that. If there is a next season, which I’m sure there will be.”

When another reporter said the actor’s “comeback” story was “endearing,” Mr. Shatner reminded the gaggle he’s been working a long time.

“You were looking further afield or looking further up than I was, but I’ve been in front of the public all these years doing one thing or another,” he said. “I don’t feel like it’s a comeback. I feel-I feel like it’s wonderful.”

The issue of Denny Crane’s penchant for frequently using his name in the third person also came up. Mr. Shatner said there was no meaning behind it beyond the fact that it is a fun name to say.

“I once had a discussion on names, and one guy said …, You know, we want a hero like [“Star Trek’s” Capt.] Kirk.’ But Denny Crane is not a heroic name. It’s kind of a fumbling name. It’s like Jasper, I guess.”

40 Is the New 30

Teri Hatcher, fresh off her win for playing “Desperate Housewives”‘ Susan Mayer, the divorced mother of Wisteria Lane, was asked why women over 40 were suddenly “red hot.”

“Because it’s the new 30,” she said. “Maybe it’s just time that women who have been around a while have interesting, complicated stories to tell, and humor and pain and all sorts of emotions and failures and successes, and that’s sort of what the journey of age is all about. And so maybe women over 40 are just interesting.”

Ms. Hatcher was also asked if she considered “Desperate Housewives” a comedy before it was nominated in that category.

“It’s a complicated show,” she said. “There’s plenty of really strong drama in it and also strong comedy. So I don’t really know what you call it. I feel like I’m very lucky to have [executive producer and creator] Marc Cherry writing this part for me where just the other day I added another trip over a bush, fall flat on my face [a] moment into the scene. And he loves that I love that.”

Ms. Hatcher, a first-time Golden Globe nominee, said this year was quite different from her experience with the Globes last year.

“A year ago I was in pajamas in bed watching the show, eating popcorn,” she said. “That’s how much I had no idea that I could do a show like this and it could be a success like this. “

Dad of the Year

“Law & Order: SVU’s” Mariska Hargitay, whose mother is the late big-screen star Jayne Mansfield, said her father couldn’t have been more supportive of her career choice when she told him she was going to become an actor.

“He said, `Do it. You’d be great. Just be the best you can be.’ And I know so many of my friends that are actors that didn’t have that kind of support from their family, and understandably so, because it is such a difficult and complicated job, and it’s extremely competitive. My dad never doubted me, not once, for a second. And I think a lot of parents could learn a lot from that.”

Less `Panther’ May Be More

“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” director Stephen Hopkins said the talent behind the upcoming feature film remake of “The Pink Panther” have a “tough act to follow.”

“Peter Sellers is this very sad, clownlike figure who’s holding up his integrity as hard as he possibly can. The interesting thing about Clouseau was he’s a very strong character. It wasn’t just about gags and falling and bashing himself on the head. It was about someone who really wants to be loved and taken care of and thought of as wonderful, and I hope they pull that off with the new one. But there’s a whole new generation now.

“You know, when I mention to kids about Peter Sellers, they’ve never heard of him. When I say `Inspector Clouseau,’ then they know who you’re talking about.”

Close Look at `The Shield’

Glenn Close, who won a best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for Showtime’s “The Lion in Winter,” said shooting her first episode of FX’s “The Shield” was “like jumping off a cliff.”

“I love the way the show is shot,” she said. “It’s handheld cameras, very, very fast, very visceral. I have yet to have a director say, `You have to stand on that mark.’ I’m with an extraordinary group of actors, so for me it’s a great workout. I don’t know where they are going to take my character, but she’s tough and she’s there to clean things up.”