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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Politicians in Movies

Other posts have discussed the linkages between politics and the entertainment industry The Washington Post reports:
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is renewing his fascination with Batman with a cameo appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises,” which will get its first public showing in his home state.
Leahy was invited to be in the movie and says he learned recently he’ll appear in a scene with Christian Bale, who plays Batman, and Morgan Freeman.
Leahy appeared in The Dark Knight (2008).  At the end of this clip, he confronts the Joker (the late Heath Ledger):

Other politicians have appeared in movies. This clip from the 2000 film Traffic features:
  • Governor Bill Weld (R-MA)
  • Senator Don Nickles (R-OK)
  • Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

And the 1993 file Dave included a number of real-life political figures.  This clip includes (starting at 3:00):
  • Senator Christopher Dodd (D-MA) -- now head of the Motion Picture Association of America
  • Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY)
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH)
  • Senator Paul Simon (D-IL)
It also features journalists Nina Totenberg, John McLaughlin, Eleanor Clift, Morton Kondracke, Bob Novak, and Michael Kinsley.