Images: On location - 'The Battle in Seattle'

some of the cast


1: Andre Benjamin, Martin Henderson, and Michelle Rodriguez between takes during shooting for The Battle in Seattle. First photo, graciously provided by Tamara (more great on-the-scene shots via her blog and Flickr page. All others by Ted Z., if the lower quality didn’t tip you off.)

2: Andre and Michelle (at right) direct protester traffic.

3 and 4: March until you hear “cut”, back to starting positions.



5: Andre 3000 – turtle with bullhorn privileges. 6: Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter, a stealthy addition to the cast-list. 7: A special message from Seattle’s historic Cinerama, across the street from another scene shot on Sunday afternoon.

“Turtles and Teamsters unite!” was the battle cry, via bullhorn by Andre 3000, with Michelle Rodriguez by his side, on a shoot for Stuart Townsend’s directorial debut – The Battle in Seattle, based on the 1999 riots and protests that overtook the downtown area (a reported 50,000 plus demonstrators over 5 days), rallying against the World Trade Organization’s first ministerial meeting in the U.S. The protests, pushed on by a brutal show of force by authorities looking to stem the tide (and local civic leaders woefully unprepared for the quickly escalating violence) eventually led to areas of the city being put under martial law until order could be restored.

The 10 million dollar budget for the film is paltry, especially when you consider the names involved (Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Susan Sarandon, along with Benjamin and Rodriguez) and the scope of the events that Townsend is aiming to re-create (1999 footage – YouTube). Already having filmed much of Battle in Vancouver (which has doubled for just about any city, and where unforeseen snow days required rewrites), the cast and crew finally made it to Seattle proper this past weekend, with scenes shot in the Capitol Hill area (in front of The Paramount Theater) and the Seattle Center (the Seattle P.I. notes a rumor that Charlize Theron bared all there) on Saturday, then the Belltown area on Sunday, where passersby could spend the better part of a morning eyeing the extras (some of them were legitimate participants in the real thing) and stars marching, adorned in different gear to represent their respective causes and factions.

In Townsend’s words, The Battle in Seattle features “protestors, pedestrians, politicos, police, delegates and doctors” as the central characters, where “no perspective is left untold.” Battle is scheduled for release in late 2007.

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Posted by Ted Zee on December 11th 2006 | Home Page | 3 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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