He didn't have any lines, but Ben Roethlisberger came away from his first big-screen acting experience impressed.
The Steelers quarterback and about 10 of his teammates spent this morning filming a scene at Heinz Field for "The Dark Knight Rises," the new Batman movie that is scheduled to open next June.
"It's a big production, helicopters flying over, taking video. It was pretty neat," Roethlisberger said. "They do it big, and I'm sure it will be an amazing movie."
The Steelers were, no surprise, cast as football players, and their parts were small enough that they had returned to training camp at St Vincent College by lunchtime. They started shooting their scene about 6:30 a.m.
"You put the uniform on, you sit around a long time, guys with the cameras come and get you and you go on the field and do our little part," defensive end Aaron Smith said. "Batman was not on site when I was there. Saw a bunch of football guys."
Among the Steelers who took part were strong safety Troy Polamalu, receiver Hines Ward, inside linebacker James Farrior, center Maurkice Pouncey, tight end Heath Miller, defensive end Brett Keisel and free safety Ryan Clark.
Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley planned join his teammates, but he decided against appearing in the movie because of an endorsement conflict.
"A different experience but very exciting, humbling to get the opportunity to do something like that," Clark said. "We won't be on very long, but at least we'll be on there."
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