Tonight at 10 on ABC, two major celebs with local ties will chat with Barbara Walters on her annual
10 Most Fascinating People
Besides being asking about arguably being Hollywood's box-office attraction, Philadelphia-bred Will Smith might get grilled about whether he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have an open marriage and whether Scientology principles infuse the teachings at the Los Angeles school the couple opened earlier this year.
Expect Upper Darby High grad Tina Fey to talk a lot about her famous Sarah Palin impression on Saturday Night Live, as well as her TV show, NBC's 30 Rock, and her own film career.
Also "fascinating" will be Gov. Palin herself, swimmer Michael Phelps, actor Tom Cruise, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh, singer-actress Miley Cyrus, and Frost/Nixon star Frank Langella, and Thomas Beatie, known as "the pregnant man."
Who could the unnamed "most fascinating" person of all? Hmm. Probably not Plaxico Burress. Say, there's some guy who's getting an important new job in January. How about him?
No, not Joe Biden, but you're getting close.
A glimpse of what Fey might say comes from the cover story for January's Vanity Fair.
When asked is her mimicry of Palin was sexist, Fey responded that such criticism itself shows bias.
"I feel clean about it," she told interviewer Maureen Dowd. "All these jokes were fair hits.
"What made me super-mad about it was that it seemed very sexist toward me and her," Fey also said. "The implication was that she's so fragile, which she is not. She's a strong woman. And then, also, it was sexist because, like, who would ever go on the news and say, 'Well, I thought it was sort of mean to Richard Nixon when Dan Aykroyd played him,' and 'That seemed awful mean to George Bush when Will Ferrell did it.' And it's like, No, that's not the thing. This is a comedy sketch on a comedy show."
Vanity Fair also revealed how Fey got the faint scar on her left cheek - a childhood encounter with a stranger in her Upper Darby front yard - and that, at age 38, her chance to have another child is fading. Fey and husband, Jeff Richmond, have a 3-year-old daughter, Alice Zenobia.
Smith, who attended Overbrook High, jumped from early hip-hop success as the royal half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, to TV's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to a long string of movie blockbusters, starting in the mid-90s with Bad Boys and Independence Day.
If Seven Pounds, a tale of a man making amends that opens Dec. 19, earns $100 million at the box office, it would be Smith's 13th film to do so. Only Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy and Harrison Ford have a dozen or more (without adjusting for inflation).
The Smiths' children could also be a show-biz topic. Son Jaden Smith costarred with Will in The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006, and daughter Willow had a starring role in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.
But films aren't all Walters is likely to discuss with Smith.
Early this year, he told the London Mail, "In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others.' ... If it came down to it, then one can say to the other, 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. I'm not going to if you don't approve of it - but please approve of it."
In March, Smith denied a magazine report that he and wife, close friends of Scientology disciple Cruise, might join the church. The questions persisted, however, with reports that study methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard would be used at New Village Academy, a new private primary school the Smiths opened in September outside L.A.
Smith denied the school has any religious affiliation, defending the borrowing of good ideas from any source.
As to whether President-elect Barack Obama will be No. 1, Walters wouldn't say.
"You could very well be right, but, then again, you never know," she said.