By Kent Larsen
Hatch 'Repents' of 'Traffic'
WASHINGTON, DC -- While many people would be excited that appearing in a
movie could advance a career in film, US Senator Orrin Hatch is now sorry he
did. In a press release issued earlier this month, Hatch says he is now
sorry that he agreed to a cameo appearance in the new film "Traffic."
In his press release, Hatch indicates that he originally understood that the
film would be rated PG-13. "I agreed to make a short appearance in Traffic,
believing that the movie offered a much-needed opportunity to accurately
portray the tragic, horrible impact drug abuse has had on the people of this
In spite of the film's 'R' rating, Hatch saw the film, hoping that its
portrayal would still be acceptable. "Movies can be a tremendous force for
good. One such example is Schindlers List, which did more to help educate
Americans than any history textbook." But Hatch says he believes that
"Traffic" went beyond what is acceptable, "after seeing the movie, I was
shocked and dismayed at the gratuitous amount of violence and profanity in
Traffic. It was more than was necessary to reveal the devastation caused by
drugs. I do not condone it. It detracts from its anti-drug message."
Sen. Hatch Statement on Cameo Appearance in Traffic
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