Friday, January 20, 2006

Bark Plain Traveldog

Warmer Al Gore Finds a New Stump

Al Gore cracking jokes, reflecting candidly on his own foibles.

The failed presidential candidate doesn't immediately come to mind as the kind of charismatic star Hollywood might turn to to dramatize a pet cause. But his quest caught the attention of a group of filmmakers - among them "Pulp Fiction" producer Lawrence Bender - who have translated it to the screen in a documentary slated to premiere Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Although the 90-minute documentary might not sell out the multiplexes, the screening has sold out at Sundance and Gore's appearances around the country are drawing throngs. Last week at Vanderbilt University in Gore's hometown of Nashville, 1,100 people filled a large auditorium, with 300 turned away by fire marshals.

Gore was loose and funny. "I used to be the next president of the United States," he told the audience, drawing a roar of laughter.

"I don't find that to be very funny," he deadpanned. "I'm a recovering politician."


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