BootLeg Betty

Let There Be First Wives II

December 15, 2003
Chicago Sun Times
BY CINDY PEARLMAN

Show no pity for Jack and Diane. Nicholson and Keaton are No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

This means that Diane Keaton — a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination — will have a much easier time getting her dream project done. And it’s not the dramatic fare you might expect. “I would like to do a musical comedy,” Keaton tells this column. “I don’t think I’m right for ‘Mame,’ but I think that I could do something with Stephen Sondheim.”

What about doing “First Wives Club II” with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler? For years there have been rumors of a sequel. Can’t something give in this department? Keaton laughs and says, “I tried to get this movie off the ground. I tried like hell. You should talk to [Paramount honcho] Sherry Lansing. I mean, I’m ready. I’m ready to do it.”

But don’t expect her to star in a serious drama. “I kind of know where I fit as an actress. I kind of get it now, finally, after all of these years of trying to be a dramatic actress. I kind of realize that it’s probably not [my thing],” she says. “I’d like to continue to do things that are funny and in a lighter vein, but are also truthful and honest.”

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