Stabenow in “Batman vs. Superman”
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow took her battles from the floor of Congress last week to a movie set where superheroes battled crime instead.
Stabenow said Tuesday she will appear in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and that she spent two nights shooting in East Lansing last week.
Stabenow, D-Lansing, spoke briefly about her role in the film on “Michigan’s Big Show” with Michael Patrick Shiels on Tuesday.
“I’m a huge movie buff,” she told Shiels. “... It was fun. I was part of 300 extras ...” in the film, which has been shooting around Michigan. Stabenow said she snagged a bit part while crews were filming at the Broad Museum at Michigan State University.
“I really can’t say anymore than that. We all signed forms of confidentiality,” she said. She was on the set “till 3 or 4 in the morning” over two nights and was given a “little tiny” green room space when she wasn’t shooting.
Stabenow said it was heartening to see the movie being made in the state using Michigan actors and tradespeople.
“I have reaffirmed ... my commitment to having the movie industry in Michigan because, from the food folks to the electricians, the building tradespeople making all those big sets and costume designers and so on, it’s a lot of jobs,” she told Shiels.
She took a shot at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and chided cuts to Michigan’s film incentive program just as “we were getting momentum.”
Filming began in Detroit after Michigan announced in August it would give the producers up to $35 million for working here, the bulk of the $43.2 million the Michigan Film Office allocated this year for projects.
She said the actors were politically aware and had lots of questions for her.
Stabenow wouldn’t say whether she plays the “governor of Metropolis.”
But she did meet Ben Affleck, who plays Batman. “He’s terrific,” she said.