Dick Durbin's Hollywood Debut: Senator To Make Cameo In Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

11/09/2010 09:11 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin is making his Hollywood debut, playing the chairman of a Senate hearing in Steven Soderbergh's new film "Contagion."

The Associated Press reports that Durbin will film the scene in Chicago Tuesday, and he only has a single line of dialogue.

"All those hours on C-SPAN have prepared me for this historic moment in my life, but I'm still a little nervous," Durbin said in a statement. "All I can think of is going on too long with the thank you list in my Oscar acceptance speech."

Actor Laurence Fishburne will join Durbin in his scene, and Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet also appear in the film.

"Contagion" is about the spread of an airborne virus that kills those infected within days.