Bruce and Demi, Together Again?
PRAGUE, Czech Republic — This formerly occupied city — by both Nazis and Communists — is now brimming with movie people. And gossip. Under magnificent spires and amid original cobblestones, even the most intellectual residents of the city of Kafka, Kundera and castles want to know what's what with their new guests.
In particular, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, whose tempestuous marriage ended last fall after a decade of tabloid headlines. Willis came to Prague in early February to film Hart's War, the movie version of John Katzenbach's novel, directed by Gregory Hoblit (Hill Street Blues). Willis immediately took up residence in the glamorous new Four Seasons Hotel and started entertaining many young women.
"They couldn't bring new ones in fast enough," observed one strait-laced Czech.
But in early April Willis had visitors — namely ex-wife Moore and daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout. Some U.K. broadsheets decided this was a reconciliation, but I'm told that Moore was letting her kids spend time with their lonely (at least for his children) dad. At the same time, Moore was said to be keeping tabs on Willis's active social life.
That was on April 5th. By April 19, as we all know, Demi was in New York for the premiere of The Producers on Broadway. What I can tell you is that she was sporting a huge — I mean, the size of a small table — diamond ring on her engagement finger. And mostly what she talked about was not working in Hollywood, but working on her family.
Prague looks so much like a movie set anyway it's no wonder how many film crews are buzzing around.
The other day tourists in the square facing the palace stopped in to what they thought was a new four-star hotel called the Karel IV, named for King Charles IV. The hotel sported numerous flags and had a very official-looking doorman.
"How long have you been here? What are your rates?" queried one traveler.
Alas, the hotel was not real — it was set up for the day as the back drop in Black Sheep, a new thriller directed by Joel Schumacher. The tourist re-emerged in the bright sun, a little dazed and confused.
Out in the square, actor Brooke Smith was dressed in costume — as a CIA agent — waiting for Schumacher's cue. She talked about the cast's four weeks in Prague, but no mention of Willis. "We've found a few bars we really like," Smith said, with a smile. Four weeks away from home, even in Prague, is a long time.
Smith has had a lot of acting work, but she might be most remembered as the girl being held captive in the well — the daughter of the senator — in Silence of the Lambs. Now she gets a reunion with Hannibal Lecter of sorts. They both play federal agents.
"It's a buddy picture," Smith told me, "with Chris Rock and Sir Tony as the buddies." Apparently, Rock gets killed in the first few minutes of the movie, but reappears, soap-opera style, as his own twin brother. Hilarity and action ensue.
If you think President Bill Clinton liked to dine out — and still does — he's not the only one. On Tuesday night we bumped into Czech president and famous writer Vaclav Havel while he ate his country's version of the early-bird special in a quiet country restaurant near his home.
"He comes two or three times a month," reported our young waiter, "usually with his wife. They eat in the open restaurant, although sometimes they ask for a private room."
Havel, who has had some rough bouts with cancer, looked very well when this reporter saw him. He chatted with restaurant staff and patrons before slipping into his Mercedes.