Gregg Allman gets 'Rush' from new film role

On movies

January 15, 1992|By Lou Cedrone

Gregg Allman, who plays a drug dealer in the film ''Rush,'' said he got the role because director Lili Fini Zanuck saw him do a couple of acting roles on television.

''I had done a 'Superboy.' I also did a talk show. Lili happened to catch them back to back, so she called me,'' he said.

''She asked me to read, and I guess I lucked out,'' he added. ''I met two or three well-known actors who were on their way out of Lili's office as I was waiting to read. I guess I'm lucky to have gotten the role because I'm pretty much an unknown.''

As a movie actor, maybe, not as a rock star. Allman has been up there for a good while. He's been down, too, but we didn't talk about his bouts with drugs or his marriage to Cher.

He looks heavy on the screen. In person, he is almost slim. He wore a band around his head. He also wore dark glasses and a wide bracelet.

He asked if he could smoke when he sat down. Who's going to say no to Gregg Allman?

He can't compare female to male directors because ''Rush'' is his first film.

''But I don't think being a woman has anything to do with anything,'' he said. ''Lili was very patient. She didn't treat me like a rock 'n' roll star or a rookie. She treated me like everyone else. She coached me, helped me along and made me feel comfortable. I did not feel intimidated. I felt secure that she knew what she was doing, and I'm proud of her for pulling it off.''

The film takes place in the early '70s, so the actors had to dress accordingly. ''I couldn't believe we wore some of that stuff,'' he said, ''those bell bottoms, for instance.''

L Allman says he can't wait to do another film. ''I love it.''

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Chuck Meyers, manager of the Perring Plaza Cinemas, says the twin houses will close down Jan. 20.

''The building will be imploded,'' he said. ''It will collapse on itself. The people who are doing it say this is the more economical way to bring a building down.''

When it does come down, the cinema will be replaced by a Home Depot outlet.

The theaters were leased by General Cinema, owners of the eight new houses in the Towson Commons, which is where Meyers will be when the complex opens, probably in May.

Meyers, who will manage the theaters at the Commons, says he feels sad about the demise of the Perring Plazas. He's been there for 18 years.

For the first two years, the Perring Plaza was one house. About 16 years ago, it was twinned. Over the years, the complex has earned the reputation for specializing in family theater, movies where parents could take their small children.

''Beauty and the Beast'' is still selling out there.

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Kathy Bates isn't exactly typecast in ''Fried Green Tomatoes,'' a new film that opens here Jan. 24, but there is that business with the sledge hammer.

Bates, as the crazy lady in ''Misery,'' used a sledge hammer to break the ankles of the ailing novelist (James Caan) who was a captive in her home.

In ''Fried Green Tomatoes,'' she uses a sledge hammer to bring down a partition in her home. This time, she means well, but you do wonder. Is the sledge hammer going to be her professional signature?

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Tom Kiefaber, owner-manager of the Senator Theatre, reports that ''Prince of Tides'' is doing exceptionally well at the theater. ''We're breaking records, here and across the country,'' he said.

When ''Prince of Tides'' leaves, Kiefaber will replace it with ''Beauty and the Beast.''

''We're having good success with films of this kind, movies that play all the other theaters, then play the Senator,'' he said.

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