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ered the new sound but even managed, roles. Having worked on films in both cul-
n one scene, to imitate Australian costar tures leads her to muse on the comparative
Bryan Brown's assumed Scottish accent. advantages of each. "In the States there are
"I had the advantage," she admits. "I not political restrictions-people get a lot
lidn't have to be doing it exactly right more freedom in that aspect," she says.
>ecause I was mimicking him. He had a "But the director cannot do whatever he
harder job because he had to do it real." wants, for financial reasons, and also he
Chen had been appearing in popular has to please the audience." She is current-
ilms since the age of 14 in China, where her ly filming Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last
>usy acting schedule kept her from com- Emperor" in Rome but hopes at some point
>leting high school (she eventually passed to earn the 19 academic credits she needs to
an equivalency exam). Her film work con- graduate from Cal State, Northridge. Last
:inued to interfere with her college studies, summer she was busy making another Chi-
md she decided to pursue a degree in the nese film in China but still made time to
Jnited States. By her sophomore year, work on a school paper because, Chen says,
however, the acting bug had bitten again, "I just want to complete something."
md Chen began seeking television and film JOHN S C H w A R T Z
Urn Sopled or demented by age
I 's Not S Tough frT
It'sNotSo T ughand they find that the
to Drec Legnds Youg crooks today are
to Direct Legends justthugs."ToughGuys"
fights the attitude that
"old people should go
W hen directorJeffKa- ples-as men, as charac- out on the ice and be
new talks about his ters and as actors they eaten by the walruses,"
new film, "Tough Guys," are incredibly alive and according to director Ka-
he pronounces the names effective." new. "There's no such
of costars Kirk Douglas Kanew uses Lancaster thing as the end of the
and Burt Lancaster as a and Douglas remarkably line, unless you believe
portmanteau word, as if well in "Tough Guys." that there is."
the men were a single The two bring to this Credibility chips: Kanew
entity: "How could there likable-but-dumb buddy had a rocky start as a
be a KirkenBurt movie, film a kind of charisma director, beginning with
and I have a chance to and grace-hallmarks of the poorly received sui-
direct it, and not do it?" true movie-star acting- cide drama "Natural En-
This is the seventh time that lesser talents can't emies." But he built
that the two screen leg- approach. Lancaster and up his credibility chips
ends have appeared in a Douglas portray senior- in Hollywood by turn-
movie together in nearly citizen partners in crime, ing out the commercially
four decades, but it cellmates in prison who successful teen comedy
is their first chance to have completed 30-year "Revenge of the Nerds."
flex their combined com- terms for train robbery That success, along with
ic muscle, and Kanew, and must now try to an earlier working rela-
who at the age of 41 has adjust to a society that tionship with Douglas in
directed six movies, has has little use for old- the film "Eddie Macon's
great respect for their sters. Their former hang- Run"-which Kanew de-
talents. "These guys are out has become a gay scribes as a "minor cable
living, breathing exam- bar, their gang is crip- classic"-allowed him to
take a crack at Kirken-
The KirkenBurt show: Kanew and stars on the set Burt. Whilehehasehown
CHRISTINE Los considerable sensitivity
to his characters as a
director, Kanew doesn't
claim to have a special vi-
what Iamas a human be-
ing, much less as a film-
maker," he admits. "If
you don't really know
quite who you are, it's
hard to know what you
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