Show Business: Everybody's All American

John Goodman is Hollywood's hottest character actor

Sprawled across a rose-patterned armchair in his new Hollywood Hills home, John Goodman looks like a baby elephant lolling in a flower bed. The oversize (6 ft. 3 in., 260 lbs.), overworked actor is taking a rare five-day respite from his nonstop schedule. Says Goodman, with a sigh of exhaustion: "I'm drained."

It isn't hard to see why. Since September alone, Goodman has helped Al Pacino catch a serial murderer in Sea of Love, watched Richard Dreyfuss crash to earth in Always, and dried Bette Midler's tears in the just released weeper Stella. He is currently shooting a sci-fi film for...

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