H’w’d men get a grip

Dissecting the manly salutation

Hollywood femmes have the air-kiss, guys the man-shake. Male greeting rituals at social occasions range from the courtly clasp and forearm grip on up to the air-hug; assured gents have even been known to lean in for a full-body hug.

Harvey Weinstein bestowed a courtly clasp to femmes and men alike at the “Kill Bill Vol. 2” preem April 8, while Warner honcho Alan Horn extended a forearm grip to former colleague Ted Turner at the latter’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony a few days earlier. Younger lads with a hip-hop bent prefer the soul-shake, as typified by P. Diddy Combs and Ashton Kutcher recently , and Mark Wahlberg and Mos Def at an “Italian Job” fete last year.

Truly dexterous glad-handers attempt the double-shake, as witnessed by Joe Roth‘s two-hander at last week’s “13 Going on 30” preem.

Huggy guys include Benicio Del Toro with Johnny Depp at the BAFTA awards, Woody Harrelson leaning in for the greeting at the Toronto Film Fest. Not to mention the “Queer Eye’s” Fab Five just about anywhere.

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