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Last month, a rumor surfaced that director Christopher Nolan would use the Occupy Wall Street movement to help shoot scenes for 'The Dark Knight Rises.' According to the Los Angeles Times, the protesters weren't going to be written into the movie, but would simply get used as "a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film." That bit of Batman gossip has since been debunked, but in an interview with Indiewire, 'Dark Knight Rises' star Matthew Modine admitted how close Nolan had come to filming at OWS, and why it never happened.

According to Modine,

The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. 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. It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown.

No matter what your feelings are about the Occupy protests, Nolan probably made a good decision. Zuccotti Park has been -- up until early this morning, that is -- chaotic. Who knows what introducing a big-budget production like 'The Dark Knight Rises' would have done to the surrounding area?

Head over to Indiewire to read the full interview with Modine. 'The Dark Knight Rises' hits theaters July 20, 2012. Check out pics of 'The Dark Knight' in and around Manhattan below.

[via Indiewire]





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