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Actors, President Discuss Movie

December 26, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dustin Hoffman hemmed and hawed when President Clinton asked about his new political satire ``Wag the Dog.″

In the movie, Hoffman plays a producer who helps White House spin doctors manufacture a war to distract people from a presidential sex scandal.

Hoffman, co-star Robert De Niro and director Barry Levinson found themselves in an informal meeting with Clinton during filming, the actor said in People magazine’s Dec. 22 issue.

``He looked at De Niro and said, `So what’s this movie about?‴ Hoffman recalled. ``And De Niro looks at Barry, who looked at me. And there was no one else for me to turn to. So I just started to tap dance. I can’t even remember what I said.″

Added Hoffman: ``Personally, I prefer a president with a healthy libido over one who compensates.″

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