It's been 25 years since brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges shared the big screen for the first and only time in the "The Fabulous Baker Boys," but when they regrouped with leading lady Michelle Pfeiffer for an Entertainment Weekly reunion, it hardly seemed like any time had passed.
Maybe that was due to the lounge-act duds they wore, the brotherly banter or just having the whole gang together again for the first time since their "Baker Boys" heyday, but whatever it was, NBC's Joe Fryer was there to witness the fabulousness of it all — and to discover the secrets of the 1989 hit.
The movie wouldn't have been magical without Michelle:
According to Beau, the opportunity to work with his brother in the tale of struggling jazz pianists was fantastic from the first reading. "It was a great script — man, [Jeff] nailed it." But their chemistry wasn't enough to seal the deal. "We didn't have a Susie Diamond, and that was a concern to everybody … until Michelle came in."
But she wasn't so sure about her now-iconic scene:
While anyone who's seen the film can't possibly forget the image of Pfeiffer writhing around atop a grand piano in a scarlet dress, Pfeiffer wasn't so sure the scene would work. "It was coming up and I went to [director] Steve [Kloves], and I said, 'Steve, you don't really want me to stand on top of the piano, do you? I mean, people are going to laugh. It's going to be silly.' And he said, 'Mm, yeah, I do.'"
How Beau got his bald spot:
In real life, Beau had a healthy head of hair, but for his turn as Frank Baker, he needed a bald spot. His brother was only too happy to oblige. Jeff explained, "So he let me — we had a couple of glasses of wine — and he allowed me to cut the bald patch on the back of his head."
"Stupid move," Beau shot back.
'Boys' will be boys:
But Beau had a way of dealing with Jeff, according to the woman who worked alongside them. "When he would get a little too spunky, Beau would go, 'Watch yourself, little buddy!'" Pfeiffer said.
The cast from "The Fabulous Baker Boys" is far from the only one Entertainment Weekly reunited. Check out the magazine's special double issue, on newsstands Friday, to see them all.
And be sure to tune in to TODAY Friday to see the stars of the '90s TV series "Sisters."
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