Matthew Modine explains why ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ didn’t shoot at Occupy Wall Street

Back in October there was a rumor that Christopher Nolan had plans to include the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in The Dark Knight Rises. That rumor was later debunked, and it never ended up happening. Matthew Modine, who plays a police officer in The Dark Knight Rises, spoke with indieWIRE and explained why the protests were not included in the film.

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.

Oh, and in case you were wondering… yes that’s a photo of Matthew Modine holding woman’s underwear on set of The Dark Knight Rises. And no, I don’t have a clue about what’s going on there!