People: Feb. 3, 1986

The material girl has been cast as a missionary, and her bad-boy husband, somewhat closer to type, plays a raffish hustler. But the real surprises in Shanghai Surprise have come off the set. Upon arriving in the Portuguese colony of Macao, Madonna, 27, and Sean Penn, 25, fled a welcoming crowd, only to be ambushed outside their hotel room by Hong Kong Standard Correspondent Leonel Borralho. A long scuffle with Penn and bodyguards ensued, after which Borralho sued for $1 million. Two days later, reporters on stakeout took off after the couple, and the resulting car chase created a huge traffic...

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