Actor-writer-director-advocate Ben Affleck appeared before a packed subcommittee meeting Tuesday, but he kept the Hollywood glam to a minimum.
Affleck, who introduced himself as the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, arrived with Cindy McCain at the hearing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The twosome — McCain later called herself and Affleck “strange political bedfellows” and “the political odd couple” — recently returned from a trip to the region.
Affleck, looking very much the politician, spoke about the problems facing the DRC.
“Five million people have died since 1998,” Affleck said. “We must learn from history and never let this happen again.”
Affleck shared that he had prepped for several years before testifying. “I didn’t want to be a celebrity dilettante that irritates everyone,” he said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.