Chicago Sun-Times
The scoop from Washington

Sen. Dick Durbin films cameo in "Contagion" with Laurence Fishburne

| 1 Comment

below, from Durbin.....

DURBIN MAKES HOLLYWOOD DEBUT; HAS CAMEO ROLE IN "CONTAGION"

[CHICAGO, IL] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will make his Hollywood debut tomorrow as he films a scene for the upcoming global thriller "Contagion," directed by Academy Award(r) winner Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11, 12, 13," "The Informant," "Traffic," and "Erin Brockovich").

Durbin will have a cameo role and a single scene, which he'll share with Oscar(r) nominee Laurence Fishburne. During the scene, Durbin will chair a Senate hearing and deliver a single line of dialogue. The shoot is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9 in Chicago.

"All those hours on C-SPAN have prepared me for this historic moment in my life, but I'm still a little nervous," Durbin said. "All I can think of is going on too long with the thank you list in my Oscar acceptance speech."

"Contagion" follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

The film brings together an international ensemble cast, including Academy Award(r) winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," "Inception"); Academy Award(r) winner Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," the "Bourne" films); Oscar(r) nominee Laurence Fishburne ("What's Love Got to Do With It," "The Matrix"); Oscar(r) nominee Jude Law ("Cold Mountain," "Sherlock Holmes"); Academy Award(r) winner Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love," "Iron Man"); and Academy Award(r) winner Kate Winslet ("The Reader," "Titanic").

-30-

1 Comment

I am a struggling actor working as an extra in the scene today with Senator Durbin. He did a fine job working with Mr. Fishburne. Very prepared. Very professional. Very Courteous. I only hope that if and when i get my chance to win a role in such a prominent film, with an award winning director, I could be just as good. Sincerely, Gary Ryder

Leave a comment

Get the Sweet widget

More widgets

Video

Lynn Sweet

Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Stay in touch

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Lynn Sweet published on November 9, 2010 9:19 AM.

President Obama official schedule and guidance, Nov. 9, 2010. Indonesia, South Korea was the previous entry in this blog.

Senate hearing on aviation security in wake of Yemen bombs sent to Chicago synagogues is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.