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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Glenn Close not at all honored to make unwitting cameo in Capt. Honors' video

By The Reliable Source

Glenn Close in a screengrab from Capt. Owen Honors's naval swan song. (Courtesy of the Virginian-Pilot)

Capt. Owen Honors suffered more than just a shaming by the Navy and the disdain of the YouTube-watching public for his series of ribald shipboard videos that surfaced this week.

He also incurred the wrath of five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close.

Eagle-eyed viewers who sat through all 15 minutes of sophomore-grade fratire in one of the videos discovered by the Virginian-Pilot were intrigued to see someone who looked an awful lot like the actress in the final frames.

Well, it actually was Close, reports our Celebritology colleague Liz Kelly.

"I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor," said Close via a statement that her publicist, Catherine Olim, gave to Kelly.

"The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request of me during a visit to the aircraft carrier over four years ago." (Check out the star's cameo on the next page.)

Olim didn't offer any more details on how the star came to encounter the video camera of Capt. Honors, who Tuesday was relieved of command of the aircraft carrier Enterprise. But the Navy has for years organized visits to its vessels for journalists, dignitaries and business leaders. (Close is married to David E. Shaw, an investor deeply involved in the technology sector.)

Close appears briefly, midway through a closing montage of footage from earlier Honors videos (he made a lot of them, it seems) that features, among other things, young women showering, chubby men in bikini tops, and sight gags involving lubricating jelly and proctology exams. We see Close seated at a desk in what seems to be a shipboard office, spinning her chair to face the camera and uttering a few words. She's wearing a sharp leather jacket and what looks like an official Enterprise cap, and she's holding a stuffed toy toucan -- a recurring figure in the video -- in a bowl on her lap.

Whatever Close is saying can't be heard over the whimsical montage music (Chicago's "You're the Inspiration"). She looked as though she was having fun, though. But clearly she wasn't in on the the joke or the larger context -- whatever that was supposed to be about.

By The Reliable Source  | January 4, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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