When The Dark Knight Rises moved its production to New York last month, there was a rumor that the film would shoot at Occupy Wall Street, and though that didn’t ultimately happen, actor Matthew Modine (who has a small role in the film) says things came close. “The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message,” Modine told IndieWire. “At the end of the day, we’re making a movie. What’s happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what’s happening there and around the country … we didn’t want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they’re doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown.” Don’t tell that to Occupy Pawnee!