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(Actually, he already knows: He’s working on a yet-untitled book of essays _ “a man’s approach to aging” _ due out in October.)

Midler, who described herself as “just a player for hire” on “Parental Guidance,” said she admires Crystal’s sensibilities, and it was fun to finally work with her friend.

“I like to see people at their peak, people doing their best work and really working hard and bringing things to fruition. It’s just fantastic,” she said. “It’s a hopeful picture, and I like that about him. I like the fact that he has that mentality. So to watch him in action is really a lot of fun.”

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