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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 country."

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
Senator Orrin Hatch Press Release 5Jan01 T2

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