APRIL FOOL’S ‘Aviator’ hopeful to headline ski race | VailDaily.com

APRIL FOOL’S ‘Aviator’ hopeful to headline ski race

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Preston Utley/Vail Daily A starstruck crowd is disappointed after it was announced one of the bottles of wine from "Sideways" had canceled its appearance at a celebrity ski race in Golden Peak.

VAIL MOUNTAIN – Eddie Cabernet, a video store clerk from Anaheim who audtioned for a secondary role in Martin Scorcese’s “The Aviator,” will head the list of celebrities appearing at Saturday’s Vail Heritage celebrity ski race in Golden Peak. After years of being unable to lure big name stars like Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Nicole Kidman to the event, organizers say they still haven’t. But Cabernet’s connection, though tenuous, to Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio does bring back a level of cachet and luster, says Caitlin McCondo, head of event marketing.

“We tried to get one of the bottles of wine from ‘Sideways’ but it was booked to appear at a mall in Ft. Collins,” McCondo said. Cabernet did not actually appear in the ‘Aviator’ but was invited to a party by an assistant to one of the sound technicians, Condo added.

“I’m told he didn’t go because the guy who works the night shift didn’t show up and Mr. Cabernet had to stay at the Video Barn,” she said. Also planning to attend the Vail Heritage race are a man who once shared a taxi with Best Actor award winner Jamie Foxx, a leather vest Russell Crowe once tried on (but did not purchase) at a Manhattan Gap store, and a greyhound track employee from Miami named Syl Curry, whose name, Condo pointed out, rhymes with Bill Murray.

“When it’s announced over that lousy P.A. system, people might think they heard Bill Murrary and become excited,” she said. “And they’ll go home thinking they skied with Steve Zissou, himself, or Carl from Caddyshack, if that’s more your style.” Vail, Colorado

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