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De Niro played himself

Scientific movement a revelation to filmmakers

HOLLYWOOD — One thing was certain at Thursday’s preem of “Godsend” — that was the real Robert De Niro that showed up, not his clone.

How could one tell? Well, the real De Niro is typically press shy, and the actor strolling the red carpet at the Chinese didn’t take any questions; nor did he stick around at the Roosevelt Hotel after-party.

De Niro plays a Faustian fertility expert who resurrects a couple’s deceased son through the wonders of cloning — with some diabolical consequences.

Pic’s creators said they ran across their share of disturbing revelations while researching “Godsend.”

“The scariest thing I found out was that there’s an underground movement to clone human beings, even though Dolly the sheep was the 200th attempt and every other sheep born prior was either dead or malformed,” said scribe Mark Bomback.

Among those getting freaked out about the biotechnology were Lions Gate’s Jon Feltheimer and Mike Paseornek; helmer Nick Hamm; as well as guests Andy Vajna, Guy Pearce and Tara Lapinski.

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