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Ben Affleck Turns Heads On Capitol Hill

Head turners are few and far between on Capitol Hill. So necks were nearly snapping when dreamy movie star Ben Affleck showed up in the House gallery Wednesday wearing gray suit (sans tie) to watch floor proceedings and hobnob with a few members.

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck toured Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Affleck is in town to do research for the upcoming film "State of Play" in which he plays a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania whose mistress is murdered. Affleck is starring with Russell Crowe, who plays an investigative reporter (allegedly for the Washington Post) who covers the murder investigation. The movie is an adaptation of a British mini-series.

Among the lucky ladies who got to chat with Affleck was none other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The speaker has met Affleck and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, before -- but she has never hosted him in her office as she did Wednesday.

Sources say Affleck told the speaker the makers of "State of Play" are hoping to do as nice a recreation of the Speaker's Lobby, where reporters often interview House members during roll call votes, as the makers of "Charlie Wilson's War" did. (And Affleck commented that of all the offices he visited, none were as nice as the speaker's, which has a palatial balcony and grand view of the National Mall.)

If Affleck thought he had found refuge from the paparazzi and screaming fans in the speaker's office, he had another thing coming. His visit apparently caused some seismic reaction.

"As soon as the women in our office heard he was here, many of them hurried over to get their photos taken with him," Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly told us.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 16, 2008; 7:28 PM ET
 
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yah, yah, but which *candidate* is he endorsing?!?

Posted by: drama king | January 16, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

He is endorsing Barack Obama.

Posted by: Marnye | January 17, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

will the movie be as boring as Congress?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

It's really reassuring to us local yokel political knownothings that with so many more important matters facing this nation, Speaker Pelosi and Congress have the time to hobknob with the Hollywood crowd and spend hours analyzing the use of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals by professional athletes. Why don't we just move the tryouts for 'American Idol' inside the U.S. Capitol and send our lawmakers home for an extended vacation. It certainly wouldn't effect Congress' efficiency. The only thing missing from this nonsensical Washington journalistic report is the absence of an interview with Sean Penn exploring his ideas on how this country should be governed.

Posted by: Tim | January 17, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Celebrity culture again... man, how about paying attention to how weak our congress has been.

Lend money and make a profit

Posted by: idfbts | January 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words, he'll be running for office some day soon.

Posted by: Duhwayne | January 17, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr Affleck is very interested in politics, but being a movie star pays much better, But he is a very intriguing person and his politics are working for the American people, even tho i believe he is a Democrat

Posted by: champions | January 17, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yawn!

Posted by: Hoyt | January 17, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm from New Zealand.

Could some one tell me whats the difference between a congressman and a senator?

Posted by: hinamanu | January 18, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

hi hinamanu from New Zealand- I am going to leave your question about the difference between the Congress(House of Representatives) and Senate to an American-I'm still trying to figure out the electoral college and what caucusing is all about! But, If you want to pick up a really interesting easy to read book about what the main issues are and how we have to deal with them, pick up Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope"-just came out in paperback-a very good read-on the New York Bestseller list #1-he is a candidate with a brain. Enjoy, Carolyn

Posted by: carolyn todd | January 18, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

A Senator is one of a hundred people who sits in the the Senate. A congressman is one of 435 who sits in the House of Representatives. Congress does consist of both Houses, but the term Congressman usually just implies they are a representative.

I, unlike Carolyn, won't try and advertise a book. Read what you want. Try wikipedia for more detail about Congress, however don't trust it completely as some information may not be accurate.

P.S Ben Affleck is quite the actor, it will be interesting to see how he portrays a congressman.

Posted by: Adam | January 18, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Like it is important to know who he is going to vote for! Who gives a rat's ass. He is an actor for hells sake!

Posted by: J Scott | January 18, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Affleck the heartthrob hasn't outright said yet ---and there are no records of him having donated money to any '08 candidate"
Mary Ann Akers-Washington Post

just for the record, Ben has not endorsed Obama.

And why should we care about what Ben thinks and does, some wonder. He is a celebrated professional and contributor to the American culture and health. Being an actor is not a liability in this great country where each citizen's voice should matter. It is an asset...his voice is heard by the masses because he is admired by the masses. He deserves kudos for using his brain and his voice for "right" not just "might." I give him thanks for being such a forthright and generous contributor to our nation and global community!

Posted by: Sharon S, Delray Bch, FL | January 18, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

don't they have search engines in new zealand?

Posted by: lazy limeys | January 18, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder... Is this movie based on Joe Scarborough killing his assistant Lori Klausutis, or Gary Condit murdering Chandra Levy?

Hmmmm....

Posted by: grandtheftcountry | January 18, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder... Is this movie based on Joe Scarborough killing his assistant Lori Klausutis, or Gary Condit murdering Chandra Levy?

Hmmmm....

Posted by: djfresh23 | January 18, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: william jefferson | January 18, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he has not endorsed Obama publicly, but on Larry King Live, he said he is supporting Obama, he added that he would endorse THE Democratic candidate.

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