Harry Connick Jr.: Killer Hepcat

Not only did Harry Connick Jr. become a hot commodity in the late '80s when he was featured on the When Harry Met Sally... soundtrack, but he was able to parlay his good looks and natural charm into the movie biz with roles in Memphis Belle and Little Man Tate. But where has he been lately? I phoned Connick in London to find out.


CHRISTOPHER GEITZ: Harry, we're so glad you're back in pictures. What's your next, Copycat, all about?

HARRY CONNICK JR.: Thanks, man. I star opposite Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver. It's about a serial killer.

Q: Do you play the serial killer?

A: No, I play a real confused person who happens to have killed three people. He's not a real serial killer--he's not that smart.

Q: You look comfortable on film. So many young actors ham it up, but you don't.

A: It's just irritating when I watch films and I see actors who are acting, man. You learn from that. It's really not that complicated.

Q: What's up next?

A: Independence Day with Bill Pullman. It's a small part, but it's a good part.

Q: Why don't you make more films?

A: The piano comes first.

Q: I can't imagine you doing the things normal people do. Ever watch TV?

A: Yeah, man. I dig them animal shows, like Marty Stouffer and them guys--"Wild America" and all that. I like boxing. I was thinking about going to the Tyson fight, but I'm tired, man. Workin', tourin'... it's been nonstop for a long time.

Q: How would you assess your career now?

A: It's like this: when you go to the hospital to get an operation, you want a doctor to operate on you, not some med student. I'm still a student. I'm 27 and I've got a long way to go, man. People my age are just starting to get their medical degrees, you know.


Christopher Geitz