August 14th, 2007
01:12 PM ET
15 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. spinstopper

    Who cares about this odd ball leftist Senator? Is he running for president too??

    August 14, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. LandoftheFree

    Leahy, a man banished from the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking classified material, would be a perfect fit the role of the weasel.

    August 14, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. geoff, charlottetown, pei

    In a paperback edition of The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Leahy provides a blurb – and asks for a further installment in the series.

    August 14, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Anon

    Maybe Hillary could land a role as "Two-Face".

    August 14, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. M. Ranter Alexandria, VA

    I'm Batman!

    August 14, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Jeff, Senoia GA

    Funny, he can't reveal the details of his role but has no problem revealing classified information he finds out in Washington.

    August 14, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Anonymous, Virginia, USA

    I, for one, support a shift to socialism in America. Antiquated conservatives only hold the world back in the dark ages. Additionally, I must give credit to Leahy for following his dream.

    August 14, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Scott, Poughkeepsie NY

    Patrick Leahy is a good man and has been a great Senator. He's been excellent for this country and all the conservative hate mongering won't change that.

    August 14, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Alex Diercks

    As disappointing as the senator has become in political life, I'd say keep him in Hollywood. . . please.

    August 14, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. John T. Anderson, Olean, NY

    Holy filibusters, Batman!

    August 14, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    By all means, go do a movie you inept politician... Certainly America doesn't need you to actually do your job, cause America is perfect still. We're NUMBER 1!!!!!!!!!! good work senator. What state allowed this fool to take office? Tell me this guy is a new york senator. awesome. good work star. "i love comics! and im 70 years old!" " its ok if i dont do my job and go off to do acting gigs on the taxpayers money"

    Straight from the mouth. You heard it here first. at cnn baby.

    August 14, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Ock

    What's so news worthy about this blog. It should be obvious to all that Leahy has been a cartoon character all of his career in Washington.

    You really believe he won't reveal the details of his role. Yeah, sure. Wasn't he kicked of the Senate Intelligence Committee for outing National Security classified info?

    August 14, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Tom Langan, Cypress, CA

    The perfect place for Leahy - in the comic books, as a hack villain. Too bad he's a hack liberal in Washington instead.

    August 14, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    This out of touch moronic socialist leaker actually kind of looks like Alfred the butler.

    He REALLY leaked information but pretty much got away with it, while Libby who didn't leak anything was convicted of a crime and the jerk who did admit that he leaked what Libby was supposed to have leaked again got away with it.

    Holy Toledo Batman, sounds right!

    August 14, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. AJ, Montpelier, VT

    Why is this news? Can you guys keep focus in the important things that really matter?
    Spinstopper, do you ever have an intelligent comment/argument to make or do you make comments simply to spew venom and hatred against those who dont believe as you do?

    August 14, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. confused nebo ,nc

    I thought once in politics more hollywood or vice versa hmmm guess they changed that law too

    August 14, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Alex Luthor, Madison, WI

    Screw the political angle-here's a comic book geek who's living the DREAM!
    You go Senator!

    August 14, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Patsy, New London, CT

    How intelligent! An article having nothing to do with Hillary, yet there's a negative comment about her. How pathetic. The commentor must be a rethuglican.

    August 14, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    Sounds like Leahy has a life -something many of you jackals don't – good for him!

    August 14, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Eric Reagan, Brattleboro, VT

    Those conservatives just bashing Leahy are simply jealous that they'll never be asked to appear in anything other than their bathrobe while they quickly slide under the sheets, because their wives don't want to see they're fat, wrinkled bodies.
    Of course, their secret socialist, gay lovers don't care –they are more tolerant of diversity.

    August 14, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "I, for one, support a shift to socialism in America. Antiquated conservatives only hold the world back in the dark ages. Additionally, I must give credit to Leahy for following his dream."

    Clearly youre more intelligent than the rest of us... Oh please enlighten us how socialism would save us all. On second thought dont, I'd rather not puke..

    August 14, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    Gonzo has run a muck;To the Bat cave Arlen!

    August 14, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Matt, Sanibel, FL

    Not surprised...Leahy is a huge Batman fan. Used his support for Batman one-shot "Death of Innocents," raising awareness on landmines. Either that or "Seduction of the Gun," about gun control. He even lent his voice in an episode of Batman – The Animated Series.

    August 14, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Alfred

    "(D-Gotham)" ... hilarious!!

    August 14, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. spinstopper

    I, for one, support a shift to socialism in America. Antiquated conservatives only hold the world back in the dark ages. Additionally, I must give credit to Leahy for following his dream. Posted By Anonymous

    Which one of you moderators is posting anonymous comments for CNN again?

    August 14, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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