NEWS WEEKLY MAY 7, 2001
TOMCATS & JERRY
star Jerry O'Connell hits Sydney's bars
visiting celebrities, Sliders star Jerry O'Connell hasn't been
hiding out in his hotel room or surrounding himself with minders.
In Australia to film the mobster-meets-kangaroo comedy Down and Under,
the American has become a bit of a fixture on the Sydney social scene,
admitting a weakness for local bars, beer and playing dice.
caught up with ex-girlfriend Sarah Michelle Gellar out here?
SMG, no, I have not. Well, those guys are in
Yeah, it's a little far. And they're just as busy as we are.
Working on a film, you probably get about eight hours off a day, and of
those eight hours, you wanna get five of those sleeping. So, for
the three hours I have free, I don't want to be flying to Queensland; I
want to be running to Establishment (Sydney's latest hip bar).
seen there quite a lot.
I live right next door, so I'm there all the time. It's the
modern-day, all-in-one entertainment venue. Dinner, sushi, cigar,
bar, club. I should set up a cot there.
Aussies are just great people in general. They're great
travellers, and great travellers make great hosts.
Some of the
film Tomcats was filmed at night in Vegas. Was it tough to
make the 3am call?
It was impossible. From 4am to 4pm, we would shoot in the
casinos, because those are the down times. At 4pm I would swear I
was going to sleep. Then somebody would say, "Hey, come on,
let's go play some dice." I'd always say, "Alright, I'll
play a little bit." Then I'd end up at a club until 3 or
3:30am, and I'd have to go to work again.
How did they
get you sobered up?
We had oxygen on set. It's a Hollywood trick. It really
sobers you up pretty fast, and gets rid of red eyes and puffiness.
They had a lot of oxygen available. I guess my reputation preceded
"If I go on a date I tend to talk quite a bit. I don't like
of silence. I feel I should be entertaining, somehow."
character has a thing for redheads. What do you find sexy in a
consider myself an extremely intelligent fellow. Not only that, my
humour is as sharp as it gets, so for me to say something like,
"Sense of humour and intelligence" is not quite enough.
I look for outrageous, hands-down brilliance from women. I go
right to the top. I should settle for nothing less, right?
How do you
now you're on a good first date?
look for on a first date is someone who gets my sense of humour without
too much explanation. If I feel I have to keep saying, "I'm
just kidding" with a woman, then it's really not working out.
are you like on a date?
If I go on a date, I tend to talk quite a bit. I don't like
moments of silence. I feel I should be entertaining,
somehow. If I go to a dinner party, I try to be the funny guy,
hence me being in the entertainment industry. I remember when I
went to go do Stand By Me, I was very rambunctious kid, always
shouting out in class.
seeing anyone right now?
I can't keep a plant alive for a week; I don't know how I could keep
a relationship alive for longer than that, either. It's horrible,
I know; it's bad. I wish I could say I'm looking for the special
one, but I'm really having a little bit of fun right now, being
single. I'm going to keep down that road.
was pretty sexist. Did you take any females to see it?
I don't think it's going to win any prizes for portraying women
as strong female role models. But my mom saw it, and she loved
it. But, honestly, the movie could have been in Swahili and
she would've said (in a strong New York accent), "You were
great. You were the best."
you like the Australian sense of humour?
I like it a lot. It takes a little getting used to,
primarily because you're at the butt of the jokes, especially as an
nervous about going out to the Outback to film Down and Under?
I jokingly say I'm leaving my phone number with friends, just in
case I end up in the bottom of an opal mine, but I'm actually really
excited. I'm a city kid; I'm from New York, so in all honesty
I'd probably never have gone to the Outback if not for this film.