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On Wednesday night, a slew of bold-facers — including Hilary Duff, Kathy Griffin, Katharine McPhee, Russell Brand and John Goodman — filed into the Tribeca Grand for a screening of Ricky Gervais’ latest laugh fest “The Invention of Lying,” hosted by the Cinema Society and Links of London.

The film, which also stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner and Stephanie March, takes place in an alternate reality where lies do not exist and people only tell the truth. For Gervais, such an existence couldn’t be further from his off-screen life. “I lie every day,” said the British comic, who reported that his most recent fibs include “sorry I can’t come to your bar mitzvah, I am giving blood” as well as “sorry I can’t come to your christening, I am visiting the orphanage.” McPhee, meanwhile, said she sticks to the truth these days, but hasn’t always. “I used to lie to my mom all the time when I was in high school,” she said. “I’d call her at midnight and say I was at a friend’s when I was really at a party. I never got caught, though.”

According to March, honesty isn’t always the best policy. “The world would not be better without lies. Anyone who thinks that isn’t married,” said the actress and wife of Bobby Flay.

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