Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nutter Gives Jamie Foxx Liberty Bell, Hijinks Ensue

Mayor Nutter just formally welcomed Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler and other cast members of "Law Abiding Citizen" -- currently shooting in Philly -- to the city. During a brief ceremony in City Hall, Nutter presented them with a miniature liberty bell replica as starry-eyed city workers applauded. "It's a tremendous honor to have the gentleman who will portray me in a movie which will be filmed later," Nutter joked. Foxx, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film "Ray," responded with an impression of Nutter that brought the house down. "I'm ready to play you brother, so go all the way to the top," Foxx said. Foxx then added that if anyone sees him out in the clubs, he was "doing some research." Ladies in the audience swooned over Butler, who played a bare chested Spartan warrior in "300" and wooed his wife from beyond the grave in the weepy "P.S. I Love You." He waxed poetic about Philadelphia's beauty and charm, before saying that he was constantly paired with Oscar winning stars like Foxx. "This is my Oscar speech," Butler said, holding up the bell to applause.

Nutter Gives Jamie Foxx Liberty Bell, Hijinks Ensue

Mayor Nutter just formally welcomed Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler and other cast members of "Law Abiding Citizen" -- currently shooting in Philly -- to the city. During a brief ceremony in City Hall, Nutter presented them with a miniature liberty bell replica as starry-eyed city workers applauded.

"It's a tremendous honor to have the gentleman who will portray me in a movie which will be filmed later," Nutter joked.

Foxx, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film "Ray," responded with an impression of Nutter that brought the house down.

"I'm ready to play you brother, so go all the way to the top," Foxx said. Foxx then added that if anyone sees him out in the clubs, he was "doing some research."

Ladies in the audience swooned over Butler, who played a bare chested Spartan warrior in "300" and wooed his wife from beyond the grave in the weepy "P.S. I Love You." He waxed poetic about Philadelphia's beauty and charm, before saying that he was constantly paired with Oscar winning stars like Foxx.

"This is my Oscar speech," Butler said, holding up the bell to applause.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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