Ben Stiller wants job with Mexican government

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Actor Ben Stiller poses for photographers prior to a news conference in Mexico Tuesday June 9, 2009. Stiller is in Mexico to promote his latest film, Night at the Museum 2.

MEXICO CITY – Ben Stiller wants a job with the Mexican government.

At least that's what he is telling reporters here who grilled him about a May news conference in Washington, D.C., in which he allegedly cleansed his hands with anti-bacterial gel after shaking hands with Mexican reporters.

The reported incident took place when Mexico was dealing with a swine flu epidemic.

Stiller, who was in Mexico on Tuesday to promote his new film "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," told a news conference that it was all a "misunderstanding."

He says he would love to meet with President Felipe Calderon to express his support.

"Maybe he can even give me a job," Stiller joked.