Monday, July 29, 2002
New York Katie Couric, who cameos as a prison guard in the new Austin Powers flick, says it's OK for journalists to take roles in movies ï¿½ as long as they're not playing reporters on screen.
"A lot of newspeople play anchors or reporters ï¿½ or themselves ï¿½ on TV, and I think that can possibly blur the lines," Couric said at the Manhattan premiere of "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
"But I don't think anybody will get me confused with a prison guard of questionable sexual orientation."
Couric also said she's convinced this role will lead to other film opportunities: "Next, I'd like to play Scarlett O'Hara in the remake of 'Gone With the Wind.' "
Barney's on Madison Avenue was decked out in all its Gotham grooviness for the event Wednesday night, with Foxxy Cleopatra-like hostesses serving green "Tanqueray Shagadelics" to the arriving guests, who included "Goldmember" stars Beyonce Knowles, Seth Green and Michael Caine, as well as director Spike Lee, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Carol Alt, Damon Dash, Matthew Modine and Ethan Zohn. (Mike Myers did not attend.)
Destiny's Child songstress Knowles, who plays Foxxy Cleopatra, disproved media accusations she's a Diana Ross-like diva, charming every autograph hound who tracked her down.
"I'm doing great," says the 20-year-old Knowles, who has acknowledged battling depression after the tense departure of her original Child cohorts in 1999.
Knowles said she was surprised how much she enjoyed making "Goldmember."
"I was a little nervous about doing a comedy, but then I got the hang of it and just had a really good time."