Leave the Lights on for Batman
SCOTT SIMON, host:
People in Hong Kong have been asked to keep their lights on all night. The producers of the latest Batman film "The Dark Night" are shooting in Hong Kong. The director, Christopher Nolan, wants to accentuate the city's glass and steel skyline. To oblige him, the city has asked tenants and management companies in 60 waterfront buildings to switch on all lights during the shooting period.
Now, this irritates many Hong Kong residents who don't appreciate the expensive energy especially when the Hong Kong harbor is often shrouded by pollution. An earlier scene in which Batman was to drop out of a plane into Hong Kong harbor had to be dropped after the movie's producers were told water quality in the harbor could be harmful to the stuntman who'd make the plunge.
A number of people in Hong Kong have wondered why, in this day and age, a huge Hollywood movie with major stars has to leave the lights on all night instead of using special effects. I guess they should just be pleased the producers aren't doing a remake of "King Kong."
(Soundbite of Batman theme)