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TOUGH QUESTION

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. Personally, I prefer a president with a healthy libido over one who compensates."

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