Vermont's senior senator Patrick Leahy has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, according to CNN:

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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.

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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.

Leahy previously had a voice role in Batman: The Animated Series playing...himself.