Q&A Alan Alda

Alan Alda plays a Senator on NBC's The West Wing starting Dec. 8 and in The Aviator, a movie about industrialist and film mogul Howard Hughes, in theaters Dec. 17.

Should I call you Senator? No, I just play one on TV. And in the movies.

The Senator you play in The Aviator, Owen Brewster--how would you characterize him?

Ruthless. He has no ruth whatsoever.

How does that compare with your character on The West Wing, Senator Vinick?

He's completely different. He's a guy of principle. And he's trying to be President. This guy's first name, by the way, is Arnold,...

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