Plenty of actors get reputations for being difficult to work with. If the Directors Guild of America's May PAC donations are any indication, cameo actor Patrick Leahy—who also happens to be the longest-serving Democrat in the Senate—has a better relationship with his on-set bosses.
The Vermont senator, who has appeared in multiple Batman movies in bit parts (in 2008's The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger's "Joker" holds a knife to his character's mouth), received $10,000 worth of donations from the Guild's PAC last month. The money, split evenly between Leahy's reelection campaign and his leadership PAC, is the most that the Guild, a union representing film and TV directors, has given to any candidate so far this year.
Leahy is set to appear on the silver screen again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But his part-time acting career is likely not what has drawn the Directors Guild's attention. Leahy's position as ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee means he is a powerful advocate for intellectual-property rights, a policy priority for filmmakers hoping to prevent pirating.
"For decades, Senator Leahy has been a leading voice both in protecting this nation's intellectual property and in safeguarding the rights of content creators against threats to their livelihoods and creative freedom," said Guild spokeswoman Lily Bedrossian.