People talk 12/17

Monday, December 17, 2001

Giuliani croons for 'Saturday Night Live'

NEW YORK -- In his final appearance on "Saturday Night Live" as mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani joined in a rousing rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" on the show's Weekend Update segment.

Giuliani sat between Weekend Update co-hosts Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, who asked the mayor "Do you have to leave?" and "Where are you going? Can we come with you?"

With piano music in the background, the mayor replied: "Where I'm going is a lonely frontier of risk and solitude. A place no man has ever before dared to go. It's not a place for tender beginners like you."

"I thought you were going to be a consultant or something," Fallon said.

"Whatever," the mayor quipped. "You can't come with me."

Fey then donned a Statue of Liberty headpiece to play New York City.

Fallon got a playful pat on the back from the mayor after he clipped on what he called a "combover" and said he was dressed as Giuliani.

The three then began to perform the tune, intended as a love song between the mayor and the city that has embraced him since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Ali pleased with Smith's portrayal

NEW YORK -- At first, Will Smith wanted nothing to do with the film "Ali."

"I didn't want to be the dude that messed up the Muhammad Ali story," Smith said in an interview with Time magazine, on newsstands today.

But Ali, 59, said he was pleased with Smith's performance in the biopic opening Christmas Day.

"He's the only guy in the world who can look like me and act like me," Ali said.

Smith said one hurdle was relating to a man whose life had been so defined by racial injustice.

"I'm a child of rap music," Smith said. "We've got Bentleys. We can't even relate to not being able to sit at somebody's lunch counter. I'll buy the counter and throw you out."

Smith added 30 pounds of muscle to transform his body into a nearly perfect replica of Ali's, learned to box and studied Ali's Islamic faith to prepare for the role.

"For an African-American, Muhammad Ali is the biggest role you could have," Smith said.

"Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela -- with any of those roles comes a responsibility."

Casino's house rules KO 'Oz' actor Zito from fight

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- "Oz" actor and Hell's Angel Charles "Chuck" Zito found out that toughness doesn't count for much in the casino -- the house still wins.

The infamous motorcycle gang's former leader, who plays a prison crew boss on the critically acclaimed HBO series, was arrested and ejected from the Foxwoods Resort Casino Saturday after refusing to remove a jacket bearing the Hell's Angels logo.

Zito, 48, a former bodyguard whose clients included Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli, was at the casino at the invitation of HBO to attend the Evander Holyfield-John Ruiz WBA heavyweight fight but never made it into the arena.

Foxwoods has a rule barring patrons from wearing gang colors.

When casino officials told Zito he would have to either remove the jacket or leave, he refused to do either, prompting troopers to arrest him.

"He was very cooperative and the arrest was made without incident," said police Sgt. Ken Kelly. Zito posted a $500 bond and is to appear in court Dec. 27.

The actor and stuntman, whose movie credits include "Amistad" and "Die Hard 3," said the casino's rule is not posted and that he believes it is discriminatory.

"If a guy walks in here with a Yankees jacket, are you going to make him take it off?" he said.

-- From wire reports

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