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Ben Stiller wanted former First Lady Laura Bush in 'Zoolander 2' orgy scene

Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at a Clinton Global Initiative event held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on Sept. 22, 2010. (WENN)

Ben Stiller is relieved former First Lady Laura Bush turned down a cameo in "Zoolander 2," because he had planned to ask her to appear in an orgy scene.

The actor reveals he approached George W. Bush's 69-year-old wife to join the many guest stars making an appearance in the new fashion comedy, but she declined before Stiller could detail exactly what the part would entail.

The 50-year-old admits he is glad to have dodged the awkward conversation because he only realized how "insane" his idea was after the fact.

"She was so smart to politely say no!" Stiller revealed on "Today" on Tuesday.

"There was a group of people that Hansel, Owen [Wilson]'s character, is having a relationship with ... and I was going to ask her to be a member of that group. Actually, I just asked her if she would be interested. She politely declined and then I was so glad I didn't have to ask her to be part of this group of people that Hansel is having relations with!"

Interviewer Matt Lauer, who works with former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager on "Today," then pressed Stiller to confirm it was an "orgy scene," to which he replied, "Yes, that's correct!"

"I don't know [what I was thinking]," he added. "The reality of when it came out of my mouth, I realized it was insane."

"Zoolander 2," which stars Stiller and Wilson as warring male models, also features Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West in small roles, as well as guest appearances by the likes of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.

Meanwhile, the film's co-writer, Justin Theroux, this week revealed he tried to recruit his wife, actress Jennifer Aniston, to make a cameo, too, but she was too busy.

"She was working, I couldn't get her out there ...," he told "Extra." "We did want her to be in it, it was just a scheduling thing."

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