Cigar Aficionado’s 112 covers have won high praise, and eight of our cigar-smoking celebrities tell us why.
From the Print Edition:
Cigar Aficionado's 20th Anniversary, September/October 2012
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CA: How did you take an interest in cigars?
LUCCI: I’m not a smoker at all, but I remember when cigar bars began to open in Manhattan. I’d pass by them on my way to work—at 6:30 in the morning, so they were closed. But they had a fascination for me; the cigar bars spoke to me in some way.
CA: And you wound up trying a cigar?
LUCCI: My husband and I were skiing with our children in Austria. We were sitting in this cocktail lounge afterward with my daughter, who was 18 at the time. There were two men sitting next to my daughter and me and they kept offering me a puff of their cigars. I was giggling and laughing, and I turned to my husband and said, “‘If they offer me that cigar one more time, I’m going to take it.” So the bartender offered me a humidor and I took a fresh cigar and lit it. It was a Macanudo. And that was my first puff. I enjoyed it as much as I could. I enjoyed being in the moment. I did smoke one more time. I took some puffs at a party. And then Cigar Aficionado asked me to be on the cover. And I learned even more.
CA: Such as…?
LUCCI: I didn’t realize that the ashes were supposed to be at a certain point for the photograph. As it happened, the wardrobe mistress for the photo shoot was a big cigar smoker. So she smoked the cigar down for me until it was just right.
CA: What did being in CA mean to you?
LUCCI: Well, it came right after winning the Emmy. It was an astonishing moment for me. The response to the magazine was amazing and opened even more doors for me. It helped cross my career over. Then Regis Philbin came to my opening night in Annie Get Your Gun and asked if I’d appear with him in his nightclub act. And that encouraged me to get a nightclub act together for myself. And I went and opened Feinstein’s at the Regency after 9/11. And all of that happened because of winning the Emmy and then being on the cover of Cigar Aficionado.
Jim Belushi(Jan/Feb 2008, Nov/Dec 2010)
Jim Belushi is one of the few celebrities to have graced Cigar Aficionado’s cover twice: in 2008, when he shared it with fellow Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd; then at the end of 2010, for his series, “The Defenders,” his return to TV after eight seasons of “According to Jim.” Since then, Belushi has done a Broadway star turn (in a Tony-nominated revival of Born Yesterday), even as he continues to sing and dance with Aykroyd as a member of the Blues Brothers.
Cigar Aficionado: What do you remember about the cover shoot?
JOHN BELUSHI: It was the coolest shot ever. I loved the suit. It was a pure joyous moment in my life. My wife wouldn’t let me wear that suit out, so the picture captured the spirit of what was going on inside me. I was in a joyous place.
CA: What did being on the cover of Cigar Aficionado mean to you?
BELUSHI: I’ve had a long relationship with the magazine. The first time I was on the cover, I felt it took me a long time to earn that place. I was honored that they felt it was my time. When I went into my cigar store and they had the cover up, it made me feel great.
CA: What’s your go-to cigar these days?
BELUSHI: My go-to cigar is still the Fuente Hemingway. The Padrón is also right there with it. I like the Montecristo No. 5. It’s a little shortie. I had a box of them one time when I was filming in Italy. I just loved them.
CA: What is your favorite cigar memory?
BELUSHI: The first cigar I smoked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a cop car on location in Chicago when we were filming Red Heat. It was a Montecristo No. 2. We had the windows rolled up and the car filled with smoke. I turned green and almost puked. I thought, “I can’t handle this.”
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