Wake-Up Call: Senator for a day
Back East for a conference, Mayor John Hickenlooper popped up to Canada, where his cousin, George Hickenlooper, is filming Casino Jack, a movie based on disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff that stars Kevin Spacey.
John Hickenlooper was the inevitable star of another George Hickenlooper project, Hick Town, a sweet and savvy documentary that follows the mayor as he prepares the city for last summer's Democratic National Convention. But he's had bit parts in his cousin's movies before, and this one is no exception: Denver's mayor plays one of the U.S. senators listening to a stunning Spacey-as-Abramoff rant.
Yes, that's right: Hickenlooper as a U.S. senator. He didn't receive the nod from Governor Bill Ritter to replace Ken Salazar (former Hick chief of staff Michael Bennet got the seat instead) -- but at least he gets to play a senator on the big screen.
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