Occupy Wall Street and the 99% to Star in $250 Million Warner Bros. Production

Smile, you're on The Dark Knight Rises
Smile, you're on The Dark Knight Rises
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Add big budget exploitation to the laundry list of shit that the one percent is doing to piss the rest of us off.

LA Times reports that Christopher Nolan's third Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises, is scheduled to begin filming in the streets of New York City later this month. And It's widely speculated that several unpaid extras may appear in the film, the Occupy Wall Street gang.

The paper says, "according to a person briefed on actors' schedules who requested anonymity because production details were being kept confidential, cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests."

It's only natural that a $250-million production financed by one of the world's biggest movie studios would suck free labor out of the Occupy crowd. After all, it's how the rich stay richer. You know, by doing everything to stretch the gap between the working class and the upper, upper class.

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Man, corporate greed and economic inequality can sure be a real bummer, but we have some advice for the Occupy Wall Street protestors. When Chris Nolan and his big budget sequel role cameras, hold up signs that say "Fuck You" or "Pay up, Warner Bros."

Think about it. If everyone "broke character" and held up signs relating to the production of the movie, a good chunk of their budget would be spent in post-production digitally removing offensive material that would prevent them from a PG-13 rating.

If the MPAA felt offended in any way, The Dark Knight Rises would earn an R rating and a significant portion of their projected ticket sales would vanish. The 13 to 16-year old demographic would resort to sneaking into the film.

After all, the 32-year old dude with an MBA earning minimum wage at the box office doesn't want to lose the job it took seven months to land.

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