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Jooser
08-06-2011, 05:05 AM
Steelers players will appear in Batman film

Posted by Mike Florio on August 5, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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Several weeks ago, a casting call emerged for football players to serve as extras in the new Batman movie, which is being filmed in Pittsburgh.

For 13 of the actors, their range won稚 be tested very much.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and approximately 12 other Steelers will head from Latrobe to Heinz Field on Saturday morning for filming. They値l then return to St. Vincent College for a real practice.

Thomas Tull, a Steelers minority owner, serves as executive producer for The Dark Knight Rises. Tull and Roethlisberger reportedly have become friends.

的知 kind of getting everybody together, Roethlisberger told Bouchette. 的 heard it痴 going to be a neat thing at the stadium. I don稚 think it will be a big part, it痴 not like we池e chasing Batman down or anything. It痴 something neat that in 10 years or 20 years we can tell our kids we were in a movie. Thomas does movies big and I知 sure it will be a big-time movie and something fun to be part of.

Other Steelers players who値l participate include Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior, and Casey Hampton. They値l be wearing the uniform of the Gotham football team.

It would be fitting if a few of them end up being fined by Commissioner Gordon. :lol:

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chiken
08-06-2011, 08:51 AM
awesome.

Sugar
08-06-2011, 09:33 AM
That would be so cool to be a part of. These guys will be remembered in perpetuity. Very cool.

Djfan
08-06-2011, 01:03 PM
Just found a new picture I need to add to my shrine!

RuthlessBurgher
08-06-2011, 01:26 PM
Here is Heinz Field in all its current "Gotham Rogues" splendor, as well as an example of the unis our guys will be wearing:

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MeetJoeGreene
08-06-2011, 01:43 PM
I heard they wouldnt let james harrison in because he scared batman and the villians.

RuthlessBurgher
08-06-2011, 01:54 PM
Silverback would make a scarier version of Bane than the British bloke they have in that role now:

http://www.movieline.com/images/assets_c/2011/05/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Bane-lg-thumb-630x393-34771.jpg

focosteeler
08-06-2011, 02:54 PM
I heard they wouldnt let james harrison in because he scared batman and the villians.

i was wondering why he wasnt in it...i just figured if he was in a shot by himself staring down the camera, 3/4 of the theater would $hit themselves which would completely ruin the movie experience

Sugar
08-06-2011, 04:51 PM
I heard they wouldnt let james harrison in because he scared batman and the villians.

i was wondering why he wasnt in it...i just figured if he was in a shot by himself staring down the camera, 3/4 of the theater would $hit themselves which would completely ruin the movie experience

That would be a downer...

RuthlessBurgher
08-06-2011, 09:16 PM
I heard they wouldnt let james harrison in because he scared batman and the villians.

i was wondering why he wasnt in it...i just figured if he was in a shot by himself staring down the camera, 3/4 of the theater would $hit themselves which would completely ruin the movie experience

He can't use the standard "we wouldn't have been invited if we lost the Super Bowl" excuse that he used to turn down invitations to the White House. If the man won't meet the President, he ain't meeting Batman either.

BradshawsHairdresser
08-06-2011, 09:27 PM
Cowher used to take them to the movies...now Tomlin lets them be in the movies.

fordfixer
08-07-2011, 02:17 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers go 'Rogue' for new Batman film

By The Associated Press

Sunday, August 7, 2011

http://www.newstribune.com/news/2011/au ... tman-film/ (http://www.newstribune.com/news/2011/aug/07/pittsburgh-steelers-go-rogue-new-batman-film/)

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are going rogue.

About a dozen Steelers are playing members of the Gotham Rogues, the home team taking on the equally fictitious Rapid City Monuments in a new Batman movie currently filming in Pittsburgh. Thousands of extras playing fans also have been recruited for Saturday's shoot for "The Dark Knight Rises" at Heinz Field.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that players getting their star turn include Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior and Casey Hampton.

"I don't think it will be a big part, It's not like we're chasing Batman down or anything," Roethlisberger said. "It's something neat that in 10 years or 20 years we can tell our kids we were in a movie."

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was a big Batman fan as a youngster and can't wait to be in the movie.

"I can tell somebody I was in 'Batman,'" Farrior said. "That's going to be awesome."

Production on the film, director Christopher Nolan's third in the trilogy, will continue in Pittsburgh through the end of August. The film, scheduled to be released in July 2012, stars Christian Bale as the caped crusader and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, along with Gary Oldman and Anne Hathaway.

The previous two films are "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."

Thomas Tull, the film's executive producer, joined the Steelers ownership group two years ago. He helped bring the movie to Pittsburgh and wanted to get the Steelers involved.

Djfan
08-07-2011, 12:57 PM
I heard they wouldnt let james harrison in because he scared batman and the villians.

i was wondering why he wasnt in it...i just figured if he was in a shot by himself staring down the camera, 3/4 of the theater would $hit themselves which would completely ruin the movie experience

He can't use the standard "we wouldn't have been invited if we lost the Super Bowl" excuse that he used to turn down invitations to the White House. If the man won't meet the President, he ain't meeting Batman either.

From the sound of his quotes he has more respect for Batman than Obaman.

Starlifter
08-07-2011, 04:14 PM
I had to sign a non-disclosure form but Mrs. Starlifter and I were certainly there to cheer on the Gotham Rogues. I can even report they have an awesome return man wearing #86. He must have returned something like 9 kicks in a row for touchdowns. Unfortunately the game was interrupted.

as for other steeler players, I honestly didn't see anyone else. I think when they found out only Hines was getting good facetime they decided it wasn't worth sitting around all day in 95 degree heat pretending it was 20 degrees outside. it was pretty rough doing take after take with my winter gear on!

hawaiiansteel
08-08-2011, 02:50 AM
Heinz Field gets roughed up in Batman filming

Sunday, August 07, 2011
By Michael A. Fuoco and Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Extras cast as fans of the Gotham Rogues cheer at Heinz Field during filming of "The Dark Knight Rises."

It was every football fan's nightmare, and every director's dream: terror and destruction on a beloved team's home field.

Explosions rocked Heinz Field and panicked spectators tried to flee amid screaming, scrambling and near-trampling, only to find the exits blocked by armed terrorists.

It was Saturday's installment of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," his third and final Batman movie filming in Pittsburgh through Aug. 21. The fans were assembled for a game between the make-believe Gotham Rogues and Rapid City Monuments.

"Forget Hollywood. You guys were great. I'll come to Pittsburgh any time for extras," an assistant director said after he led the crowd through three takes of a single reaction shot.

More than 10,000 extras who had been bused from the Civic Arena had been warned by an announcer not to mug for the cameras. "If you say 'Hi, Mom,' you're going to look like a fool. ... This is a scene of sheer horror."

In between takes, however, terror receded as smiling fans under umbrellas relaxed not far from the assault-rifle-wielding bad guys on the field. The crowd ranged from 14 years old (the minimum age) to senior citizens, although the majority were in their 20s and 30s.

A gridiron reunion

While end zone lettering spelled out "Gotham Rogues" and the park was decked out with homemade signs such as "Rogue Rage," "Rogues Gallery" and "Rogue Nation," it sometimes felt like old home week.

Extras in the Rogues' colors of black and gold cheered as some Steelers players, including Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward, appeared as Gotham teammates.

Bill Cowher returned for his first coaching gig since leaving the Steelers after the 2006 season. Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations, reunited with Mr. Cowher as an assistant Gotham coach.

Instead of Terrible Towels, fans were given gold hankies to wave. As expected, whole sections of extras were moved between shots to allow the camera to make it appear that the stadium was packed.

Before the afternoon mayhem, the morning was dedicated to the beginning of the game that was destined to be cut short by explosions on the field.

On the kickoff, Mr. Ward received, blowing past the mayor as he returned the kick. That scene was repeated many times over about three hours, with extras putting on coats they had been instructed to bring to simulate the cold during each take, then taking them off between to try to cool off.

Medics treated numerous cases of heat exhaustion; it felt like a steamy 89 degrees by 5 p.m.

As the hot afternoon wore on, the crowd -- which in the morning passed the time during a rain delay by practicing the wave -- grew restless and irritated when some sections weren't getting water fast enough. There were prizes and raffles throughout the day, but long stretches of inactivity provoked chants of "We want Bane!" and "We want T-shirts!"

Three Tumblers -- vehicles that look like a camouflage Batmobile -- were brought out on the field to entertain the crowd, but were not used in the filming. At one point Hines Ward rode atop one, looking like he was having a grand time.

There were several rehearsals for the bombing scene.

The announcer shouted out what was going to happen and gave the fans their cue to change from cheering to screaming: "Hines is running down the field ... you're cheering ... boom! boom! boom!"

Finally the special effects team got the explosives set, and about 60 bombs went off, seeming to blow a gaping hole in the field. The crowd screamed, freaked out and tried to flee amid the debris as instructed.

The morning operation

The fans had lined up outside the Civic Arena early Saturday morning to board buses for Heinz Field, making it seem like game day. They had been cautioned to expect filming to last until 7 p.m. or so.

"This is very exciting but can be tiring by the end of a big day," unpaid extras were told in a packet they received after being chosen online.

They were promised some stadium food -- hot dogs, burgers, pretzels, ice cream and water -- and chances to win prizes from raffles, including a grand prize of airfare and tickets to the U.S. premiere of the movie in July.

The influx of so many people caused traffic tie-ups. By 10:30 a.m., there was gridlock Downtown and traffic became congested again in the evening with the Pirates game and concerts.

Fans who had signed up as extras online lined the sidewalk along Mario Lemieux Place, three and four across, from Centre Avenue to Bedford Avenue.

But boarding of the vehicles was a well-oiled operation, with the line moving at a relatively brisk pace as full buses left for Heinz Field every few minutes or so. As instructed, many fans wore black and gold, which they had no problem finding in their closets. One caveat though: No Steelers logos.

Waiting to board a bus, Jeannette Walker, 51, and Cindy Witham, 40, and their children, Jaime and Levi, respectively, were hard to miss. They wore black and gold wigs, their faces were painted black and gold, and they wore black and gold boas and clothing.

Ms. Walker and Ms. Witham, both rural postal carriers from Northern Cambria, Cambria County, took the day off Friday and drove with their children about 100 miles and stayed with Ms. Walker's daughter at her place Downtown.

"We wanted to be a part of the movie. I plan on starting as an unpaid extra and leaving as a paid one," she laughed.

She said they realized it was going to be a long day, but, "That's OK." However, one discomfort had already arisen: "It's hot in these wigs," she said.

Further down the line, Peggy Graham, 54, of Ohioville, Beaver County, waited patiently. She's no neophyte movie extra. She and her then-boyfriend were extras in the "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," the 1979 comedy filmed partially at the Civic Arena.

She was resurrecting her movie career at the urging of her 24-year-old daughter, who accompanied her. As for "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," she never saw the movie "so I don't even know if I was in it."

She did take something away from the experience though -- her then-boyfriend is her now-husband.

The Steel City may be playing Gotham City, but it's just one stop for "The Dark Knight Rises" which started production in India, England and Scotland and also will shoot in New York and Los Angeles.

After taking Monday and Tuesday off, the film will roar back to life Wednesday, this time Downtown.

Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, emphasized that, during shooting, "Downtown is open for business. You will be able to get to any store, any business, any place you need to get Downtown.

"You might be held up for a few minutes standing on a corner, waiting for them to finish something. You will be escorted if you need to cross a place where they're shooting to go where you want to go."

Parts of Forbes, Oliver, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues, Smithfield and Wood streets, William Penn Place and Cherry and Strawberry ways will be closed at various times through Aug. 21.

Mr. Nolan has said "The Dark Knight Rises" will be the conclusion to his Batman trilogy.

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JAR
08-08-2011, 11:01 AM
I was in it too...

flippy
08-08-2011, 11:06 AM
Can't wait to see everyone sweating in their jackets. That had to be miserable, but it's still pretty cool if you got in the movie :)

JAR
08-08-2011, 11:35 AM
Can't wait to see everyone sweating in their jackets. That had to be miserable, but it's still pretty cool if you got in the movie :)

Yeah, it was pretty hot. But well worth it.

Starlifter
08-09-2011, 11:05 AM
Can't wait to see everyone sweating in their jackets. That had to be miserable, but it's still pretty cool if you got in the movie :)

Yeah, it was pretty hot. But well worth it.

I don't know about you JAR, but I sweated off about 10 pounds. did you stay until the very end?

tkstlrfan
08-09-2011, 12:39 PM
I was there with my daughter and some friends, down low row d section 109. Could see Ben, Troy, Cowher, etc. during the multiple anthem takes. They were shooting close ups of them on sideline during the singing. All but Hines and Coach Cowher were gone after the early rain. They were needed for close ups during Hines' kick return to start the game which they filmed later.

We stayed through the rain, the heat, the delays, the explosions(cool), Hines riding on camo tumblers(very cool), the singing contest(not cool)and wearing winter coats/hats in the sun but had to leave during the raffle at the end. That Dante(MC) dude and his girlfriend's annoying voice were driving us crazy!

RuthlessBurgher
08-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Some other pics:

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feltdizz
08-10-2011, 01:00 PM
I was home this weekend and took a few photo's of the stadium from Mt. Washington...

I was in a polo and jeans and I ended up going to the strip district for a Tshirt because I was drenched in sweat.

flippy
08-10-2011, 01:44 PM
Did some of yinz wave real terrible towels? Looks like there may be a couple in those pics.

hawaiiansteel
08-10-2011, 02:26 PM
Bat-signal on Downtown

By Mandy Hofmockel, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Starting today, filming of "The Dark Knight Rises" moves Downtown, and commuters say they're ready.

Sections of about a dozen streets will be closed off-and-on to vehicle traffic through Aug. 21. Some areas will be restricted for pedestrians.

"We're Pittsburghers; we've dealt with worse," said Scott Hanson, who works in sales for IKON Office Solutions at the K&L Gates Center on Sixth Avenue.

Oliver Avenue from Wood Street to Grant Street and Smithfield Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue were scheduled to be closed until 5 a.m. today, according to the Pittsburgh Film Office.

Some who work in or commute through Downtown said potential traffic tie-ups may cause them to leave home a little early, but overall, the street closures wouldn't greatly affect them.

Bonnie Bridge, a senior payroll administrator for the Education Management Corp., also at the K&L Gates Center, said the woman she usually carpools to work with will park at a garage on Penn Avenue to avoid traffic instead of parking in the underground garage on Wood Street.

"I anticipate the traffic to be a little heavier," she said.

The Oliver Avenue garage, beneath The Capital Grille, will be closed all day today, but the lot beneath Mellon Square will remain open, according to the film office.

Pedestrians will not have access to sidewalks during filming, but in between takes, assistants will direct pedestrians through the closed area to stores, restaurants and office buildings, according to the film office.

Some Downtown businesses are leery of how the filming will affect them, but others are capitalizing on all the Batman hype.

Batman music filled Smithfield Street outside S.W. Randall Toyes and Giftes, where a "Gotham City welcomes Batman" sign and dozens of action figures depicting the Caped Crusader and his enemies were on display in the store's window.

Store owner Jack Cohen said that since late last week he has sold about 100 Pittsburgh-and-Batman-themed T-shirts for about $10 apiece. He said it was difficult to find all the merchandise for the front window.

"I thought we'd sell them to the people on the set, but it's all the local people that are buying them," Cohen said.

Ali Naderi, owner of Keystone Cafe and Deli on Sixth Avenue, said it might be difficult for delivery trucks to bring milk, bread and other supplies to his cafe since parking is not allowed on the opposite side of the street until Aug. 20.

Naderi hopes his business will not take a hit and lose out on revenue, but he said he'll find out the real effects today.

"We're ready for it," he said.

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Starlifter
08-10-2011, 02:37 PM
Did some of yinz wave real terrible towels? Looks like there may be a couple in those pics.

nope, they handed out yellow bandanas for us to wear and wave. If you look at the symbol for the rogues, you'll see it's a criminal with his face covered.