08 May 2009
Comedian Armando Iannucci got past security guards at the US State
department in Washington with a pass which "could have been produced by
a child", in what he described as "probably international espionage".
Mr Iannucci was researching his latest film, the US-British political
drama 'In the Loop', when he visited the department's headquarters in
the Foggy Bottom neighbourhood of the US political capital.
The identification he had with him was an amateurish BBC pass with his
face show by a print out of a picture of him from the internet.
He flashed the card at the guards in the main reception of the building,
said he had an appointment and was waved through.
The comedian then spent an hour walking around the building taking
photographs, which were later used to help with the set designs for the
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