Comedian Ben Stiller is appealing to Mexican president FELIPE CALDERON to appoint him as a member of his government.
The Zoolander star's plea comes just a month after the actor allegedly cleansed his hands with anti-bacterial gel following a meeting in Washington, D.C. with Mexican reporters, which took place as the swine flu epidemic hit the headlines in May (09).
The disease is thought to have originated in Mexico City, and snaps of Stiller disinfecting himself after shaking hands with the journalists sparked fury among Mexicans.
But Stiller insists he meant no harm with his hygienic ritual and has dismissed the furore as a simple "misunderstanding".
And he is willing to make amends for the incident by working for Calderon's office, joking: "Maybe he can even give me a job."