Skip to comments.Is Shooting a Film in Detroit Like 'Being in Prison'?
Posted on 03/21/2011 8:56:08 AM PDT by MichCapCon
The state of Michigan approved a $4.9 million subsidy for the movie company that made "The Ides of March."
But one of the actors who worked on the film made what appeared to be a disparaging remark about the city of Detroit on Friday. Actor Paul Giamatti compared filming a movie in Detroit to "being in prison" on ABC televisions LIVE! With Regis and Kelly.
Giamatti was in the film, shot partly in Ann Arbor and Detroit. It also stars George Clooney.
Following the commercial break that came after his remark, Giamatti apologized and said he was referring to the job and not the city. A LIVE! With Regis and Kelly employee said that Giamatti clarified his comments and that he was not calling Detroit a prison, but instead saying that working on the movie was like being in prison.
"If its a prison, it is the only prison that pays you to stay there," said James Hohman, a fiscal policy analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, referring to the $4.9 million subsidy that the film received.
"The Ides of March" was expected to spend $7.7 million in the state, according to the 2010 report from the Michigan Film Office.
They filmed “Scream 4” at my sister’s house and her neighbors in Ann Arbor. The crew would joke about the subsidies (they also filmed the “Red Dawn” remake) and said they were gonna take the money and run. These subsidies WILL NOT create a Michigan-based film industry.
LOL only Michael Moore has the audacity to take a million dollar subsidy to make a movie that bashes subsidies to business.
Subsidies are given to the film industry by star struck politicians. Bottom line is the taxpayer writes a check so the politician can get an autograph and get his picture taken with George Clooney. And that includes republicans.
How many Hollywood types called this dude during the break to force him to apologize? You can't badmouth the place that is giving you free money to create unwatchable movies.
Part of it was shot at the Ledges in Grand Ledge. They are doing a million dollar remake to make out the new vilin N. Korea instead of the Chinese. They don’t want to tick off our bond holders.
Don’t know about his politics but I think Paul Giamatti is one of the best actors out there. The John Adams mini-series was a classic.
The girls said they had been in a hundred cities filming and that Lynn reminded them of Detroit.
The exact comment I remember is “this place is a dangerous $hithole”.
I don’t know that I haven’t liked him in anything I’ve seen him in.
He always plays great characters, and he’s somehow evolved from bit/character actor to leading man. And it works.
Loved him in “Sideways”.
One of the most pathetic characters I’ve ever seen, but you still like the guy.
“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You don’t go out the way you came in.”
"Lynn, Lynn, the city of Sin..."
I met a guy that said he interviewed at GE in Lynn. His car was
broken into during the interview.
I recall Sienna Miller dissed Pittsburgh while promoting some
Pittsburgh-based movie. I only know her from a cancelled
FOX tv show I liked.
You might remember his father, Bart. Left running Yale to run MLB, somewhat briefly, unfortunately.
Admittedly, whenever I put it on, it's hard for me to keep my eyes off the latter.
Just being there is being in prison.
Or at least like being in Baghdad.
The last thing Michigan needs is a film industry. It’s destroyed Los Angeles and would create an even worse disparity between rich and poor and would bring all the nation’s (and world’s) struggling ‘artists’ and aspiring entertainers here. It should stay in LA where it belongs.
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