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Associated Press posted December 19, 2000
  Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has criticized Hollywood's depiction of violence, has a cameo in the drug-war drama TRAFFIC.
While the movie includes scenes of nudity, sex, drug use and profanity and is rated R, Hatch said he participated because of its anti-drug message.
``I don't see how they could have made it without violence and still accurately portray the drug culture - and how degrading it is,'' the Utah Republican said.
Hatch appears in a scene in which actor Michael Douglas, portraying a man nominated as the nation's drug czar, talks to senators at a party. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was among several committee members who agreed to do cameos.
``They told my staff the movie would be about how drugs destroy families, and I thought that would be worthwhile,'' Hatch said.
The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, opens Dec. 27 in New York and Los Angeles. (courtesy of the Associated Press 12.19.00)