There was no pounding on the table this time, but Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal were together again, sharing the love for Rob Reiner, the man who directed them in 1989's "When Harry Met Sally..."
Reiner was the recipient Monday night of the the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award. He was honored by famous colleagues including Michael Douglas, Martin Scorsese and James Caan, as well as Crystal and Ryan, stars of the more-than-memorable romantic comedy punctuated by a certain deli scene. Oh? Ohh.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, while on stage Monday, Crystal, 66, and Ryan, 52, recalled shooting the movie's infamous fake-orgasm scene. Ryan was struggling to get it right after multiple takes, so Reiner sat down opposite Crystal and demonstrated how the actress should be pounding the table. Crytal joked that it made him a little excited.
Crystal also told THR that many of the other scenes between Harry and Sally were also based on things he and Reiner did, such as calling each other up in the middle of the night and telling the other one to watch a movie on a certain TV channel.
"That was so personal to us, because many of the things that Harry and Sally did in the movie, Rob and I did as friends, which we just talked about and Nora (Ephron) was able to work into the script," Crystal told THR. "That bonding was very much Rob and I."
Reiner, who first gained fame as Michael "Meathead" Stivic on "All in the Family," also directed "Spinal Tap," "The Princess Bride," "Stand By Me," "A Few Good Men" and "Misery."
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