Citing busier-than-usual congressional duties this year, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he didn’t seek a cameo role in “The Batman,” the next installment of the superhero franchise that is due for release in 2021.
A longtime fan of the Caped Crusader, Leahy has appeared in five Batman movies and recorded a character’s voice-over in an animated episode.
Warner Brothers’ next installment was on his radar, but barely.
“I didn’t even seek to be in it,” the senator said Monday from his home in Middlesex. “I have too many other things going on with COVID, with appropriation bills.”
Most of his weekends — intervals when he might typically engage in a little Hollywood magic — are booked with official business, he added.
“Otherwise, I’d be happy to do another one,” Leahy said. “I’d consider it if these were normal times.”
Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier receives all the proceeds from his acting career, he said; a six-figure accumulation of salaries and royalties.
Those donations, and the thrill of watching a film being made (especially one with a comic-book hero), spur his decades-long involvement in show-biz, he added.
Explosions are created with light — but no sound, for instance — and the deafening blasts are added later in a sound studio.
Batman’s cape “weighs a ton,” Leahy said, “because it photographs better that way.”
Leahy’s break from the Batman franchise was first reported Monday by Newsy reporter Nathaniel Reed on Twitter.
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