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Sen. Leahy's Cameo With Heath Ledger

Sen. Patrick Leahy's film career has taken a macabre turn this week with the mysterious death of 28-year-old "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger.

The Vermont Democrat, who had silver-screen cameos in two previous Batman movies, has a bit role in "The Dark Knight," the sequel to "Batman Begins," which is set to be released next summer -- though Ledger's death appears to have thrown post production of the film in turmoil. Leahy appears alongside Christian Bale, who plays Batman, and Ledger, who starred as the Joker.

Leahy worked with Ledger during a two-day shoot in Chicago, according to Leahy spokesman David Carle. (The senator took an overnight flight to Davos, Switzerland, for the world economic forum so he was unavailable for comment on Ledger's passing.)

Meanwhile, today, Leahy is preparing to welcome a new constituent in his state: Craig Ferguson, the host of CBS's "Late, Late Show."

Ferguson's producer called the senator Thursday to say the Scottish-born comedian and late-night gabber is taking his U.S. citizenship test Friday. If he passes the test, he'll be registering to vote in Chester, Vt., where he owns a farm.

Ferguson met Leahy in the Capitol a few months during his campaign shtick to become an honorary citizen in towns across America. Before jetting off to Davos, Leahy told us through his spokesman that he has his fingers crossed for Ferguson.

"Good thing he and the Letterman show have settled with the writers, or he might not be able to take the essay part of that test," quipped Leahy. "Vermonters are already glad to have Craig as a neighbor, and we'll be proud to welcome him home as our newest citizen."

Leahy is no stranger to showbiz. A lifelong Batman fan, Leahy made cameo appearances in the last two Batman movies, has done voice-overs for Batman cartoons and written the preface to a Batman book... and soon, will play a "distinguished gentleman" alongside Ledger, who died Tuesday of as-yet unknown causes. (Leahy, by the way, has said he'll donate his earnings from the movie to the Kellogg-Hubbard children's library in Montpelier, Vt., where he got his first library card.)

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 25, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
 
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"has a bit role in the final chapter of the Batman trilogy"...

Did they slip in a sequel to Batman Begins when I wasn't looking?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

""has a bit role in the final chapter of the Batman trilogy"...

Did they slip in a sequel to Batman Begins when I wasn't looking?"

Are you reading the same article? it says

"has a bit role in "The Dark Knight," the sequel to "Batman Begins""

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Sic transit Gloria mundi" "Thus passes the glory of the world". I am quoting some poems in respectful memory of Heath Andrew Ledger, a wonderful actor, person; I had met him at Washington Square, NYC, where he was playing chess with some elderly gentlemen, this was few months ago and I found him just the opposite of the egocentric and narcissistic attitude of many Hollywood actors. Mr. Ledger was an extremely simple young man, with a deep glance coming from his eyes and soul; he had an enormous and quite generous heart. Few people know how much he gave to needy people. A contemporary James Dean, but he was a much better actor and man. Another appropriate Latin phrase is "Memento mori" which may be freely translated as "Remember that you are mortal," He was a mortal indeed like all of us, but his time came too soon. He was as well one of the best actors of his generation, a serious and responsible one. I was quite touched by his words that having his daughter Matilda he does not need to live longer, because he can continue living through his daughter. That's why I had chosen the following poems on his memory, with all my admiration and respect, praying to Our Lord that makes him rest in peace, and lots of strength and courage to his family.

"It's time my friend, it's time. The heart demands peace.
Day flies after day, and every hour steals;
a crumb of life: meanwhile we delude ourselves
that we are living, and look we are already dying;
no happiness is here, but peace exists;
and freedom, a weary slave, I've long pursued,
a dream of flight to a far-off refuge of silence and pure delight"
(Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin)

Posted by: In memoriam | January 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Craig Ferguson should be applauded for becoming a citizen legally.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

one of the darkest days ever in the film industry and especially the austrailian film industry, i feel so sorry for michelle

Posted by: steven durso | January 26, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

We worked with Senator Leahy and his son
on Batman and Robin back in 1997..when
Arnold and George Clooney were the main
principals! He was nice to everyone..
couldn't even tell..he was a Democrat!
Sorry about Ledger....tough!

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Thank you In memoriam; the last seven posts, sorry I don't get it. Heath's tragic death is very sad no matter what the circumstances, although it helps to hear real tributes that people closest to him share. Daniel Day Lewis spoke of what I think so many people feel, that if we knew him we would've thought he was a good man. Condolences to Heath's family, friends and fans; we will miss his humanity, great talents, and smile.

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