About a dozen Pittsburgh Steelers are lending a helping hand in the new “Batman” movie currently shooting in Pittsburg. The football players are playing cameo roles as the football team the Gotham Rogue’s a fictional team that will be pitted against also fictional team the Rapid City Monuments in scenes for the movie. The scene’s where also shot on the Steelers home turf, Hienz Field.
Of the football stars to be included on the Rogues team include Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller, according to multiple local reports. Also former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will appear on the sidelines as the Rogues coach. The movie also cast 10,000 extra’s as fans at the game.
“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.”
It’s just the latest on-location shoot for the city of Pittsburgh this summer, but residents appear to be embracing the whole thing. “Forget Hollywood. You guys were great,” an assistant director told the crowd at one point, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “I’ll come to Pittsburgh any time for extras.”
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. 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.By: Pat Prescott
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