THE HOST MAN'S BURDEN

THANKS TO SABRINA, GREG KINNEAR IS MAKING THE DIFFICULT LEAP FROM LATE-NIGHT TV TO BIG-SCREEN DREAMBOAT-HOOD

THIS IS A CINDERELLA STORY, like the one in Sabrina, but with a twist. Once upon a time, there was a fellow with the most despised job title in the country: talk-show host. Little did he know that a movie director was having trouble finding an actor for a big role in the year's pedigree romantic comedy. The director spotted the chat host on late-night TV, making a joke about his goofy new hairstyle, and, the director says, "I believed him." Presto! From the night shift, a star was born.

"Thank God for a bad haircut," says Greg Kinnear, 32, of...

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