People: May 8, 2006

MARGARITAS 101?

It took a lot to entice JIMMY BUFFETT to produce his first film. "I got to wear shorts," says the beach balladeer, who plays a casually attired marine-science teacher in Hoot, an adaptation of a book by Buffett's old friend and fellow Floridian Carl Hiaasen. "That's important." On the advice of his daughter, 13, Buffett bought the film rights to the mystery about scrappy 8th-graders trying to save endangered owls. Another daughter, 26, supervised the sound track. But don't expect cinema to surpass song as the Buffett family biz. "Too much sitting-around time," says Mr. Margaritaville. And not enough...

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