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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.