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Jail Breaks

The blood, sweat, and tears behind ''Chicago'' -- Putting together a glitzy musical can wreak havoc on the body, as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere found out

Chicago, Catherine Zeta-Jones | WELT DONE An already banged-up Zeta-Jones had to be convinced to slide down a pole in ''Chicago''
Image credit: Chicago: David James
WELT DONE An already banged-up Zeta-Jones had to be convinced to slide down a pole in ''Chicago''

Razzle-dazzling 'em isn't easy. ''It was fun -- in a painful way,'' says ''Chicago'' killer/chanteuse Catherine Zeta-Jones of the requisite shimmies and shakes. ''Things were popping out. Beads were slapping me.'' She suffered welts on her face and bumps from sliding off a piano. Hubby Michael Douglas even had to taunt her into sliding down a pole. ''She was scared to death and was crying,'' says director Rob Marshall. ''He was going 'Come on, don't be a pussy!'''

Meanwhile, Richard Gere overcame his fear of tap dancing, rehearsing at length for a courtroom number. ''He went through T-shirt after T-shirt of sweat,'' recalls Marshall.

For her part, Christine Baranski didn't mind the demands of a scene in which her reporter goes airborne. ''There was a stuntman kneeling at my feet, putting me into this harness and lacing me up,'' she purrs. ''It was so naughty and sexy. I enjoyed every minute of it.''

Originally posted Jan 22, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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