Actors, President Discuss Movie
Dec. 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.''