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Matthew Modine Reveals Why 'Dark Knight Rises' Wasn't Filmed at Occupy Wall Street

November 16, 2011 (6:42 am) GMT
Explaining the reason why director Christopher Nolan decided not to take the principal photography of the Batman movie among the New York mass movement, Modine says, 'We didn't want to trivialize it.'
Matthew Modine

Back in October, Warner Bros. Pictures stated that Christopher Nolan would not film "" at Occupy Wall Street protests as it had been reported before. While the reason of Nolan's decision is still unclear, one of the film's star, , has spilled the beans on why the director decided not to involve the mass movement in his movie.

Speaking to indieWIRE, Modine explained, "The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protesters] an opportunity to work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message." He added, "At the end of the day, we're making a movie. What's happening down there is more important than that."

"To co-opt what's happening there and around the country... we didn't want to trivialize it," so the 52-year-old actor insisted. "It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown."

During the chat, Modine was also asked about his role, Nixon, in the highly anticipated Batman movie. Declining to unleash more details of his character, the California-born thespian said, "I'm not allowed to talk about [the film], but there's a lot of misinformation. I don't know who created it, but it's kind of fun to have everybody speculating about it."

After shooting in Jodhpur, India as well as Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, "The Dark Knight Rises" has reportedly wrapped the filming in New York City earlier this week. Since it started shooting in the Big Apple a few weeks ago, the movie was said to cause public anger for generating major traffic delays on the city streets.

The upcoming Caped Crusader movie is due to arrive in U.S. theaters on July 20, 2012. It stars as the lead protagonist, as villainous Bane, as Catwoman, as Miranda Tate, as Lucious Fox, as James Gordon, as John Blake, and as Alfred Pennyworth.

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