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

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below, from Durbin.....


[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").


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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

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