10 Questions For Fred Thompson

Senator Fred Thompson, Republican of Tennessee, made his debut earlier this month as the crusty D.A. on the TV series Law & Order. Thompson, who has acted in many movies, is not seeking a third term in next month's election. TIME's Douglas Waller talked to him about the differences between Hollywood and Washington.

WHAT'S HARDER, BEING AN ACTOR OR BEING A SENATOR?

There's nothing hard about acting except the long hours. I had the luxury of having it as an avocation, so I looked at it as totally enjoyable.

HOW MUCH ACTING IS THERE IN POLITICS?

Probably no more than at...

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