- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Listen to this lead paragraph from a ridiculously fawning Entertainment Weekly magazine profile of “summer’s most unlikely movie star,” Al Gore (also check out, if you can, the equally ridiculous photo spread that accompanies it — makes the Vanity Fair cover look tame by comparison):

Al Gore has met the Dalai Lama. He’s broken bread with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, rubbed elbows with Nelson Mandela. But right now — on a breezy June evening in Los Angeles, at a special star-studded screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” — he’s about to step up to a whole other level. Tonight, the former vice president of the United States will shake hands with Denise Richards.

All of which is supposed to elicit a knowing grin of pop-culture irony. But you know what? I’d honestly rather shake hands with Denise Richards than anyone else name-dropped above. The Dalai Lama? Pass. Boutros Boutros-Ghali? Ugh. Lech Walesa? Americans know him as a courageous anti-Soviet leader, but average Poles themselves don’t remember him so reverentially. Nelson Mandela? Not to diminish his long struggle against apartheid, but I don’t flip for anti-American socialists.

But the star of “Wild Things“?

Yes, please.

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