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Explosive movie scene overtakes downtown BR

4 years ago December 06, 2010 Dec 6, 2010 Monday, December 06 2010 Monday, December 06, 2010 4:46:05 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - An explosion during filming for the movie "Battleship" sent up a dust plume three stories high, according to onlookers in downtown Baton Rouge Monday morning.

Parts of Third Street were shut down until 3 p.m. while crews filmed an explosion scene for the movie, which is based on the board game of the same name.

Store fronts got new signs and the whole street was transformed into Hong Kong for the scene, where movie goers will see cars speed through the street before a huge explosion that sends extras running for cover into the Shaw Center.

A massive green screen overtook two stories of one building across from the Shaw Center.

Restaurants and businesses were shut down for the filming, but were compensated for the loss of business.

Ryan Fairman with Lucy's said there was not much haggling with movie executives, who paid them fairly for the money they lost with no Monday lunch shift.

"The most interesting part," Fairman said, "[will be to] kinda see what they did with the scene."

The movie stars Rihanna and Liam Neeson.  It is directed by Peter Berg, who also worked on the movie "Hancock."

"Battleship" is one of seven movies currently filming in Baton Rouge.  It is set for release in 2012.

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