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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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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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