EXCURSION
"If you're a fan of the movie The Perfect Storm and you want to see where these people live, go 25 minutes from Boston to Gloucester and to The Crow's Nest. You want to go there for some chowder or a sandwich and to have a drink, play a little pool, smell the fish off the fishermen in there. But you also want to go to Halibut Point, an amazing little seafood restaurant, where you're going to get the best fish chowder, the best sandwiches. There is some serious history in Gloucester. It's amazing to go to the City Hall, where you'll see the lists of Gloucester - all the names, the memorials for the fishermen. I mean, there are probably 10,000 names on that wall of all the fishermen who have died at sea since the 1890s."

ONE SEASICK DAY IN GLOUCESTER


"I went on a whale watch when I was doing The Perfect Storm. No, George [Clooney] didn't go. It was all fine and dandy until I started getting sick. We went out in a Boston Whaler, these big kind of trucks that are also flotation devices. So you kind of go out right into the water, which is scary at first. Then, once you start getting out there, you know, those floats aren't very stable, so you get a little seasick. I was with long-liners and sword fishermen. I got sick. We were at The Crow's Nest, which is the bar in the movie, and we were having a bunch of beers and some fish chowder, then went out there, and I just couldn't handle it. Well, they cracked up and told everybody that I was a wimp, and they didn't put it that nicely. They called me a movie star, a Hollywood chump, and all that stuff. That's the last thing I ever want to be, a fisherman, but I really admire those guys. They do some serious work. You know, we never think about it when we're eating a piece of fish, but I think about it every time I sit down at a table. I think about, you know, some guy had to actually go out there and risk his life."