Steelers players to appear in Batman film

August 5, 2011

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and about 12 of his Steelers teammates will perform as extras in the filming of the latest Batman movie on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers, fittingly, will perform as football players, and the film set will be a familiar one as well: Heinz Field.

Thousands of fans also have been recruited for the shoot at the Steelers' home stadium, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The opportunity has come about through Roethlisberger's friendship with Thomas Tull, the executive producer of "Dark Knight Rises" — the third installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway.

"I'm kind of getting everybody together," Roethlisberger said. "I don't think it will be a big part; it's not like we're chasing Batman down or anything. It's something neat that in 10 years or 20 years we can tell our kids we were in a movie. Thomas does movies big, and I'm sure it will be a big-time movie and something fun to be part of."

The other players involved include Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior and Casey Hampton.

Roethlisberger said they will be representing a Gotham football team.

"From what I've heard, it's going to be like a pregame, warming-up type thing," he said. "I don't know the whole concept. There's a Gotham team, a football game. We'll be wearing uniforms. It will be fun."

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