Melina Gerosa
August 13, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Scene: A block party at the set of TriStar’s Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip in Manhattan’s Tribeca district.
Guest List: The movie’s stars — Bridget Fonda, Nicholas Cage, and Rosie Perez — New York City Mayor David Dinkins, former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, and crooner Tony Bennett.
Missing in Action: Invitees Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola, who must have opted for central air over a sweltering street corner.
Best Distraction: Watching the heavily sangriaed and seltzered guests try to find the Portosans.
Best Job Description: That of Rosie Perez, who plays Cage’s jealous wife in the movie, opening in ’94. ”I play the bitch you love to hate. It’ll be a stretch.”
Best Confession: Fonda, who plays the waitress who shares a winning lottery ticket with Cage’s cop, admits she has never lifted a tray. ”I’m planning on doing lots of wrist excercises.”
Best Kept Secret: That Cage’s date, model Kristen Zang, is his fiancée. ”He doesn’t want me to tell anyone,” says Zang, flashing a pink bauble with diamond baguettes, ”but I’m sick of keeping it to myself.”
Best Direction: Director Andrew Bergman telling Cage he could take off his tie if he wanted to.

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