DENNIS QUAID'S HEARTBREAK

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Heartbroken Dennis Quaid had tears in his eyes -- begging producers to let him leave Texas location shooting on "The Rookie" so he could attend son Jack's first school play! The brass sympathized, but key scenes for the baseball flick were being shot during an actual Texas Rangers game -- and rescheduling would cost $200,000. Refusing to give up, Dennis was ready to write an $80,000 check for a private jet to fly him to LA for a few hours -- promising he'd return right after the play! Producers balked again, fearing the plane could be delayed and production halted! witnesses say Dennis looked like a broken man, but did his scenes like a pro -- and talked excitedly to estranged wife Meg Ryan on his cell phone between takes to see how Jack's show was going!