OK, then. Time to dish some dirt on the making of "Burlesque," if there is any to be had. Antin says that accounts of on-set conflicts over budget and creative choices are exaggerated: "Clint runs a tight ship. I am a very passionate guy. We are both alpha dogs and Type-A personalities."
But did the strife between director and studio chief, overseeing the most expensive film in Screen Gems history, affect the actors at all?
Cher, ever fearless, takes the plunge again. "It never did. It never really did. One night with me and that was it. That's because it was 4 o'clock in the morning. But Clint was Clint, and he would come on the stage and either be hysterical and laughing, or they would be arguing about whether Steve was behind."
She looks at her table mates. "Did you ever notice it?"
The group consensus? No.
Aguilera says she just stayed focused on her work. "I don't really worry about the rest."
Besides, Gigandet notes, "There is always drama because you have so many different perspectives. Even though people understand it's a collaborative art form, they get so passionate about it. Which is a good sign at the end of the day."
He then smiles. "I had issues with Christina, though."
"I know," Aguilera snaps back. "(Expletive) you. I'm kidding."
He smiles again. "There was a lot of that on set."
As the interview winds down, there is one question that begs to be asked of Cher, who has been surprisingly candid in recent interviews. On the air, she even let David Letterman tick off a list of her suspected celebrity conquests (Warren Beatty was a "yeah," Elvis an "almost").
Here it goes: Is this the first time that you and your director dated the same man? Cher's eyes open wide before she throws back her head and lets loose with a long, raucous laugh.
The others gasp in disbelief and ask if it is true.
"Yes, it is," she says. "Steve and I both dated David Geffen," the billionaire entertainment mogul. "Actually, David was the one who told me, 'You have to do this film. This is the script and I'm sending it right to you.' "
So is it the only time?
Says Cher, invoking that oh-so-dry attitude that she once used to zing Sonny with on TV, "I imagine that it is."