So mad, he could spit ...
A Vietnam veteran spit tobacco juice into Jane Fonda's face after waiting in line to have her sign her new memoir, "My Life So Far," in Kansas City.
Police said that although Fonda did not want to press charges, Michael A. Smith, 54, was charged with disorderly conduct Tuesday after off-duty officers caught him just outside Unity Temple, where Fonda was signing books.
The 67-year-old actress has apologized for being photographed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun during her 1972 visit to Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War. Smith told the Kansas City Star that Fonda was a "traitor." He said he doesn't chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress. "I consider it a debt of honor," he told the Star. "She spit in our faces for 37 years."
Fonda issued a statement through Jynne Martin of Random House: "In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night."
Vivian Jennings, whose bookstore sponsored the event, said Fonda continued signing books after the tobacco juice was wiped off. "The important thing is that she was so calm and so gracious about it," Jennings said. "She was wonderful."
Auto honor ...
Adam Sandler will serve as grand marshal for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup race May 1 at Talladega, Ala., Superspeedway.
No joking, the 38-year-old actor has been given the job of pronouncing, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Track officials say the entertainment group in NASCAR's Los Angeles office is focused on "creating unique partnerships with the film, television and music industries," with celebrities such as Britney Spears and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger among those winning official race roles at NASCAR events.
A man and his briefs ...
As if Ashton Kutcher isn't getting enough exposure, the 27-year-old actor who is famously attached to Demi Moore, has just announced that if his new movie "A Lot Like Love" is a huge hit, he'll celebrate by stripping down to his undies for a commercial.
Kutcher told TV's "Access Hollywood," "If we are the No. 1 movie in America, I will do a Calvin Klein underwear campaign. It's actually a bet that I made with my producing partner."
"A Lot Like Love" opens today and includes a nude scene with Kutcher's co-star, Amanda Peet. If nothing else, Kutcher is modest about the heroism it took to film that scene. "I like being nude," he said. "So for me, it wasn't incredibly tough." Kutcher has done magazine ads for Calvin Klein and catwalk work for Versace.
Court docket ...
Emmy-winning actress Stockard Channing pleaded not guilty Wednesday to drunken driving charges stemming from a Dec. 14 incident on the Hollywood Freeway.
Channing, 60, who won an Emmy for her role as the first lady on NBC's "The West Wing," had blood alcohol levels of .12 and .13 when police caught her trying to drive around a roadblock set up so a tow truck could removed a disabled tractor-trailer. The next hearing in the case was scheduled for May 26.
Caan splits ...
James Caan has filed for divorce from Linda Stokes Caan, his wife of 9 1/2 years, reports Agence France-Presse.
The 65-year-old star of "The Godfather" films and the TV show Las Vegas cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Caan is requesting joint custody of the couple's two sons, ages 6 and 9, and that he not be ordered to pay spousal support.
Stokes is Caan's fourth wife. The actor also has three children from his previous marriages.