PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Dressing like it was the dead of winter during the dog days of summer isn’t ideal, but for the 14,000 extras at Heinz Field over the weekend, it was the chance of a lifetime.
Allen Wolk, of New Kensington, an extra for “The Dark Knight Rises” has lots of good memories from his 12-hours on set.
He was in the stands when Hines Ward paraded around the stadium in one of the tumblers and will always remember Bill Cowher back on the sidelines coaching the fictitious Gotham Rogues.
“It’s just fun to be part of something that I’m sure half of Pittsburgh is gonna pay to see,” he told KDKA-TV. “And hey – we got free mini lunches and free mini dinners and it was just a good time.”
The most exciting scene might have been the explosion when terrorists blew up the field.
“We were told to look at the field and we watched it explode,” Wolk said. “I’m sure they’re going to add lots of special effects to that.”
Then he says Batman’s arch enemy made an announcement followed by another scare.
“The terrorists came down into each section with guns pointed and we were reacting in fear, anxiety, awe and terror,” Wolk described.
This week the action moves to downtown Pittsburgh. Smithfield Street will be closed Tuesday night through Thursday from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue.
In fact, movie scenes will be shot at various downtown locations for the next few weeks as “The Dark Knight Rises” continues its downtown takeover.