[ 2006-09-28 09:42 ]
|the movie "The American President"
Former US President Bill Clinton deviated from a keynote address at a
London fundraising dinner to
pay homage to his acting pal Michael Douglas.
Clinton embraced the
star, who introduced him at The Fortune Forum Club gala event, before
launching into a tribute and some anecdotes.
He said, "Michael Douglas, thank you for being here. Most of you will
have no way of knowing this but I admire Michael Douglas very, very much
and I was delighted when I heard he was going to be here tonight.
"I was delighted to see him earlier today and delighted that he and
Catherline Zeta-Jones married
and I realised he would be well cared for in our old age."
He also related how, at a previous meeting during his term in office,
he'd even begged The American President star to swap places with him: "I tried to persuade
him to stay there for an hour so that I could have a break but he had no
trouble saying no to the President."
Other wealthy celebrities at the event to raise money for global
poverty included Sir Richard Branson, supermodel Lily Cole and Yusuf
Islam, formerly known as Cst Stevens.
swap places with: