From the moment I first entered the room and found myself in his presence, I immediately sensed that this was no ordinary man. In fact, this was no ordinary movie star. As a writer in Hollywood, I'd met and worked with many of the giants in film and television. But this man was somehow different. He seemed to exude a powerful aura that filled the entire room. And yet . . . and yet . . . there was also a kind of warmth and gentleness in his presence that invited you closer.