U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Patrick Leahy, the new interim president of the United States Senate, is also a big fan of the batman. To the point of having offered appearances in several Batman films.
He now occupies third place in the order of succession to US President Joe Biden . On January 20, and for the second time in his political career, Patrick Leahy, 80, was sworn in before the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris , as the new interim president of the United States Senate. Under the mask – Covid obliges – some Batman fans will have recognized a familiar face from the cinematographic universe linked to the superhero.
Patrick Leahy appeared in five Batman films
A great fan of comic books, Patrick Leahy is a huge fan of the adventures of the batman, a passion that dates back to his earliest childhood. As proof, he appeared in no less than five feature films devoted to the superhero: Batman Forever (1995), Batman and Robin (1997), two parts of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy , The Dark Knight: the dark knight ( 2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as well as Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. He also had his animated version in Batman: the animated series (1995). In The Dark Knight in particular, he faces the Joker ( Heath Ledger), when the latter bursts into a cocktail party. A face to face which is worth to the apprentice actor and politician to find himself with a knife under the nose.
Patrick Leahy donated each of his acting fees
When Patrick Leahy can link his passion to his political struggles, he does. In the 1990s, while serving as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the man tried to push for legislation to ban the export of landmines. He’s even working with DC Comics on an issue of Batman that would warn of the dangers of his mines. Patrick Leahy has always donated the fees of the films he participated in to the Kellogg-Hubbard library in Montpellier, Vermont, the city where he comes from and where he read Batman comics as a child.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.