'Empire Records' Secrets: Everyone Loved Liv Tyler, 'No One Was Interested' in Renee Zellweger
By Jackie Willis
Maxwell Caulfield -- the man behind the cult-classic character Rex Manning -- gave Empire Records fans just what they wanted when he shared some salacious tidbits from the 1995 set in a pre-taped message.
Donning a velvet jacket much like his '90s character, the 55-year-old actor revealed in his video that when he first showed up to the Wilmington, N.C. set, Tobey Maguire had just bailed out of the movie. "I remember [director Allan Moyle] saying the lunatics had taken over the asylum," he begins.
Caulfield also has recollections of his co-stars Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger's time on set, sharing that everyone wanted to hang with "Livy." In the film, Tyler and Zellweger play best friends and polar opposites, Corey (the studious virgin) and Gina (her promiscuous sidekick).
"Liv Tyler was at the center of it all," Caulfield remembers. "Everybody was gravitating to this young, emerging swan."
In 1993, Steven Tyler's daughter starred in two of her father's band's videos -- Aerosmith's "Cryin'" and "Crazy" -- and, thanks to the '90s MTV culture, was in high demand.
Caulfield says Tyler's mother, Bebe Buell, was on set to chaperon and look after her teenage daughter, but adds that the actress got even more popular when she showed up with a small, teacup Chihuahua with "big, generous eyes."
"Everybody swarmed to Liv, ostensibly to look at the puppy," he recalls. "Crew, actors ...we were all hanging out with Livy."