Mystic Pizza cast reunion discusses Julia Roberts’ rise to fame

Twenty-five years later, the stars of Mystic Pizza are still mum about what’s in the special sauce.

However, the stars of the classic 1988 film were not silent about everything, as the cast reassembled to talk about the making of the film for the annual reunion edition of Entertainment Weekly, including megastar Julia Roberts.

Directed by Donald Petrie, the coming-of-age tale set in Mystic, Connecticut, centres on three young women and the men they love. The story is set against the backdrop of a pizza parlour, where the trio work.

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‘Mystic Pizza’ cast reunion: Julia Roberts was like ‘a bomb waiting to go off”

“I have a feeling that Mystic Pizza may someday become known for the movie stars it showcased back before they became stars,” Roger Ebert wrote upon the film’s release in 1988. He wasn’t kidding: Though this smart coming-of-age comedy has plenty of merits, it’s best known today for introducing the world to a feisty Georgia native with a megawatt smile named Julia Roberts.

“Miss Roberts here — you just knew when she met Julia she was gonna be a huge star,” the Oscar winner’s Pizza costar Vincent D’Onofrio told EW’s Jess Cagle when the movie’s cast reunited for the magazine’s annual Reunions Issue. (Roberts’ response? A skeptical look and a gentle “Shut up!”) “There was no doubt in our minds, any of us,” he continued. “She was like a bomb waiting to go off. A big bomb!”

Of course, no one in the cast could have guessed that one of the film’s bit players would wind up winning an Oscar of his own someday. At one point in Pizza, Roberts’ character is invited to dinner at the home of her rich boyfriend (Adam Storke). Another guest at the table? The boyfriend’s little brother, played by none other than Matt Damon in his very first big screen appearance.

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Gallery Update: Toronto International Film Festival

I have made a start on updating the gallery, starting with recent images from Toronto International Film Festival.

So far, I’ve added 18 MQ images from the August Osage County press conference.

- Public Appearances > 2013 > September 10th: August Osage County Press Conference – 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Julia Roberts: Family comes first for me

Pretty Woman Julia Roberts feels family is more important than fame.

The 45-year-old actress, who is mother to three kids – twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 8, and son Henry, 6 with husband Daniel Moder, said fame is not a constant factor in life.

Asked whether family or fame is more important, she said, “Family values, that’s values in general. That’s all there is. Fame is a summer breeze that comes and goes. But to have a bedrock of knowing who you are, that’s what it’s all about.”

Roberts said that she enjoys her family time and is pretty amazing in the kitchen.

“I’m quite a good cook. I’m like a closet home teacher. I can really cook anything,” she added.


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