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Old 01-12-2003, 02:40 AM   #1
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Boys will be boys Bateman explains tolerance for `Men Behaving Badly'

It's a question that "Men Behaving Badly'' star Justine Bateman hears a lot. Why does Sarah, her levelheaded character, stay with her doltish, doofus boyfriend, Kevin (Rod Eldard), on the NBC sitcom at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays? Nurse Sarah seems way too smart for caveman-like Kevin on the show set in Indianapolis. "I don't know if Sarah understands it totally,'' Bateman, 30, reflected during a telephone interview. "She loves Kevin, and sorta lets him be all that he can be except when it directly affects her. "He can put Froot Loops in his hair and dance around, which doesn't bother her. It's just when things begin to affect her, like if he put Froot Loops in her hair, that she draws the line.'' Bateman is making her TV comeback in "Men Behaving Badly'' after a long drought of straight-to-video bombs and stage work since the cancellation of "Family Ties'' in 1989. In a way, this is OK with the Rye, N.Y., native, whose family moved to Los Angeles when she was 11. "`Family Ties' was such a fantastic experience that I didn't want to get locked into another show right away,'' said Bateman, who was 16 when she was cast as Mallory Keaton and played her for seven years. "Everyone on the show, from cast to crew to writers, got along famously. There was never a cross word. "And it was only my third job. Two commercials, and suddenly boom! I'd been on `Family Ties' two years before I even realized I was an actress and wasn't going to become a window dresser.'' In September, Bateman went public for the first time with the revelation that she had suffered from bouts of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating while making "Family Ties.'' "I had a horrible body image,'' she said in one interview. She talked about how she turned her life around with a 12-step program and became a born-again Christian, despite worrying that her conversion would mean wearing skirts over her knees and having "no personality.'' Alarmed at how the eating disorders and her faith in God became the headlines over her profiles, Bateman now declines to talk about them. "I will say that there's a freedom in my performing now, an element of fearlessness that I didn't have before,'' she said. "And that stems from me knowing who I am and having a total assurance about how things will go. That's the upshot.'' Who she is is offbeat. Bateman dabbles in performance art at such hipster hangouts as the Viper Room and writes poetry. A sample holiday poem: "All the tinsel's melting down the tree/The bulbs explode in prickly sparks/Melting, melting, silvery mess/Pouring over boughs/Dripping off the end/A tiny Santa head is covered and stuck like a dog in Pompeii.'' Or take the performance piece in which Bateman, dressed like a cowboy, stands in the center of the stage pulling strands off six toilet paper rolls one by one, collecting the wad of toilet paper under her arm, while saying, "Come to me! Come to me!'' (She represents America and the toilet paper immigrants from other countries. The piece is about overpopulation, she said.) "I love performance art because it's so open-ended,'' she explained. "You're making a living collage, and part of the fun is how different people watching you fill in the blanks differently. They really become a participant in a way that's unusual in art.'' Copyright Taken from
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cool! I've read that one before. Good for her fopr turniong to God and realizing she had a probelm. I hope to see ehr in some good show soon!
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