“Get outta here!” Gere said with a smile.
Octavia Spencer, who won the supporting actress Oscar last year for her performance in “The Help,” also had a little fun.
“I’m going to do a soft-shoe,” she said, shuffling off stage.
“All the way to here?!” she asked. “Oh my God.”
Halle Berry literally stumbled during her first rehearsal, her pointy heel catching on part of the stage. She insisted on trying again.
“Woo hoo,” she said. “Made it.”
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/APSandy .