HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Spotting the Stars

Posted April 17, 2009 at 11:33am

There was much buzz in town last year when A-listers such as Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck came to shoot “State of Play,— the new political thriller that opens today.

But even though the film wrapped months ago, it seems many of its stars just can’t get enough of our fair city.

Take Affleck, who plays a Congressman in the film. By our count he’s already been back to Washington, D.C., at least twice this year, attending the presidential inauguration and appearing in March at a celebrity poker tournament benefiting the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Then there’s Robin Wright Penn, who portrays Affleck’s wife. In real life, she’s married to actor Sean Penn — who came to D.C. just a few weeks ago to shoot a slew of scenes for his new film, “Fair Game.— (There is a rumor he’ll be back this summer, although nothing has been confirmed.)

And then in September, Helen Mirren, who plays a tough-as-nails newspaper editor in the movie, will be in town. The “Queen— of the A-listers will appear in an exclusive 12-performance run of “Phedre— at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall this fall.

Running Sept. 17-26, it will be the sole American engagement of the National Theatre of Great Britain production. Theater subscribers have first dibs for tickets, but the general public can purchase them starting May 1.

And while plenty of Washingtonians will play the guessing game as to which local celebs inspired the characters in “State of Play,— it seems the film’s fashion takes a cue from Charm City.

Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz writes that her own sense of style — with a closet “overrun with cotton dresses, sweaters and blazers— — inspired the on-screen wardrobe for Rachel McAdams, an ambitious rookie reporter.

“I consider myself neither fashion-forward nor out of style,— Bykowicz writes. “For this reason, I felt bad for McAdams. It would have been much more fun to play the exquisitely clothed politician’s wife.—

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