August 14th, 2007
01:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Gotham)

Leahy has landed a role in the newest Batman movie.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – He's a veteran statesman and hard-hitting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Sen. Patrick Leahy is set to leave the marble halls of Washington for the bright lights of Hollywood - at least briefly.

Vermont's senior senator has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, CNN affiliate WPTZ reports and confirmed by Leahy's office.

Leahy is apparently a big comic book enthusiast, and actually served as an extra in the 1997 Batman installment: Batman and Robin.

The senator told the station he can't reveal the exact details of his role in the upcoming movie, but he did say he has landed a scene with its two stars, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.

It’s not particularly uncommon for senators and other Washington notables to accept movie roles when given the chance. Arizona Sen. John McCain made a brief cameo in the 2005 Summer blockbuster, "Wedding Crashers." The cast of the 1993 political comedy “Dave” starred, among others, Sens. Chris Dodd, Tom Harkin, Howard Metzenbaum, Paul Simon and Alan Simpson, as well as Speaker Tip O’Neill.

Related: Leahy: Rove leaving under a cloud

– CNN's Alexander Mooney and Lauren Kornreich


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Joe in NC

    You all seem to think that senator Leahy is the socialistic senator. You're wrong, the socialist is Bernie Sanders, Vermont's other senator.

    August 14, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Virginia Ham, NY NY

    Cheney can be the penguin!

    August 14, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Doug Stillinger, Mountain View, CA

    Oh, you clever conservatives and your clever comments.

    Leahy is an extremely honest, intelligent and capable man. A true statesman.

    He absolutely did NOT illegally leak any information. Rather, he has been an absolute bulldog in going after those in the WH who actually DID and DO.

    Leahy might play a small role in the new Batman, but Rove is the real Joker.

    August 14, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Jason Vorhees, NY NY

    this is news?

    August 14, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. judith olah los angeles ca 90210

    Couldn't he leave permanently for Hollywood??

    August 14, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Anon, Charlotte NC

    I figure Two-Face would be better played by Newt Gingrich, who vilified President Clinton for having an affair while having his own.

    August 14, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Prefer Star Trek, NY NY

    And Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine cast as the Catwoman!

    August 14, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. KL

    Actually, Newt villified Bill for lying under oath about the affair, not for having the affair.

    August 14, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Tom

    "He's a veteran statesman"? ROTFLMAO! Evidently, to the authors of such claptrap, "statesman" means: "veteran America-hating leftist kook".

    August 14, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Dave, Oakland, CA

    Now if all politicans could take this example and apply it to not leaking classified programs to the media.

    If the program needs to be investigated there are proper channesl for it. And the damn media who could care less who wins the war as long as there is a story isn't one of them.

    August 14, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Mister Snitch

    Alfonse D'Amato played himself in The Devil's Advocate. It turns out the Devil was Al's advocate. Who'd-a thunk it.

    August 14, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Rich W Marietta, GA

    Leahy = Alfred the butler
    Hillary = Poison Ivy
    Obama = Harvey Dent
    Edwards = Robin
    Dubya = Riddler (his speach riddles me)
    Cheney = Penguin (typecasting for sure)
    Ahnold = Mr Freeze
    Guiliani = Commisioner Gordon
    Romney = Bruce Wayne
    Fred Thompson = the DA
    Condi = Catwoman
    McCain = Batman

    It would be great fun! Better than this endless electioneering!

    August 14, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    Who is patting this guy on the back for living out his geeky dream fantasy?

    "Leahy is an extremely honest, intelligent and capable man. A true statesman"

    HOW DUMB ARE AMERICANS TODAY? THIS GUY HAS A SWORN RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE THAT PUT HIM IN HIS DAMN OFFICE. HE HAS A JOB TO DO, AND THIS IS NOT PART OF IT. WASTING TAXPAYERS MONEY KEEPING A BUFFON LIKE THIS EMPLOYED IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS SO FAR IN DEBT. WHY IS HE STILL A POLITICIAN? I BET HIS IDEAS ARE RIGHT IN LINE WITH AMERICA'S YOUTH. ANNOYING. IRRITATING THAT SOME OF THESE COMMENTERS ARE SO STUPID. HE IS A POLITICIAN NOT AN ACTOR.

    August 14, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Robin: "Then when you thought you were stopping him with your utility belt, he was really stopping us with his!"
    Batman: "The tricky devil. He's hit us below the belt!"

    Good grief......

    August 14, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Bill, Salisbury Cove, Maine

    Leahy would make an excellent President of the United States.

    August 14, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Ah Well With Batman and Robin on the Dems Roof Tops their Ratings will SOARRRRR ! Any News About Super Man joining the Party to make a ThreeSome?
    :-)

    August 14, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Chuckles VT

    I believe Leahy is starring in the new Battyman movie, not a Batman movie.

    August 14, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Dan, VT

    Leahy has been an excellent senator for our state. The so called "leaked information" wasn't even classified, and an investigation came to the conclusion that he had done nothing wrong, ethically or otherwise. I suspect you're all just bitter because of the way he owned Rove and co.

    August 14, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Bob, SF, CA

    Liberals–whatever that means–don't hate America, Tom, we just hate ignorant, selfish jerks like you. You know, the people who fail to see the bigger picture, the people who are easily manipulated by the gigantic corporations who benefit from wars and lax environmental regulations. We hate the people who want their Bible and their gun and their Wal Mart convenience at the expense of the rest of the world.
    We actually love America. We'd love it better without you mean-spirited Archie Bunker types.
    Do us all a favor and go join the army and fight in Iraq if you love war and the Bush administration so much.

    August 14, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Chris Simmons, Los Angeles, CA

    If he had been a Republican leaker, he would have been a hero to some of the folks deriding him on this site. I'm going to put my waders on, you folks are makin it mighty deep in here. His leaking about Regan wanting to covertly and illegally attack Lybia is whistle blowing, not treason, unlike Libby and Cheney.

    August 14, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. thomas gardner

    There is no such thing as a stateman in washington today

    August 14, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Chris, Wallingford CT

    This is getting ridiculous. Yes he may have leaked some classified information. He wouldn't be the first to have done it though. John Boehner, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby all come to mind. Furthermore, everyone here seems to have forgotten about the good things he's done like being one of the few to vote against broadening that god-awful PATRIOT act, or the way he handled Alberto Gonzales's neverending web of lies, or maybe even his award for electronic privacy issues. Politics is always about the lesser of evils and he seems to be among the least in that area.

    August 15, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. Justin, Arlington TX

    To John S. Chicago, Illinois-

    I really just have two names for you: Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani. Both have been actors and politicians.

    And what exactly is wrong with someones ideas being in line with America's youth? Do our opinions somehow count less, or are somehow inherently incorrect?

    August 15, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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