'Dark Knight Rises' Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt Films Zuccotti Park Police Raid
Dark Knight Rises and Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in New York City's Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning to film the ouster of Occupy Wall Street protesters from the site.
The actor was videotaping the proceedings for this HitRECord website. He told PolitickerNY that he had been in town for a few weeks and decided to head to the park once he heard there was going to be a police raid, "I was actually planning on coming tomorrow for the first time."
Gordon-Levitt said of the Occupy movement, "It seems like it's growing, our ecomomy is getting worse and worse."
Tuesday's police action was derided by other actors who have been following the movement.
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin wrote in a series of tweets, "New York City allowed a film production to block parts of the 59th St bridge to shoot a film" "But OWS has been broomed out of Zucotti bc Bloomberg said they are inhibiting "first responders." "Bloomberg's NY is no place for the 1st amendment. Bloomberg serves Wall Street, now and forever. And Wall Street cannot handle free speech."
Baldwin also posted the following arguments:
"1-Bloomberg, who banned protest during the Republican Convention in 2004, has a chance to groom his legacy with the OWS issue."
"2- NYC bends over backwards 2 give costly tax breaks 2 corps that threaten 2 leave NY. Whether those corps create sufficient jobs or not."
"3- The city should invest in free speech. Spend actual money to protect it. NY should not end up like Oakland."
"4- PS where was [California Governor and former Oakland mayor] Jerry Brown re Oakland?"
Seth Green, Russell Crowe, John Cusack and Michael Moore also weighed in on the situation.
Seth Green: "RT @Mike_Dougherty: http://wapo.st/tR05Lu #MediaBlackout @MikeBloomberg & NYPD violate 1st amendment, ban press from #OWS eviction"
Russell Crowe: "Check this video out -- Keith Olbermann Reading Occupy Wall St Declaration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFDZg6cGrn4&feature=share via @youtube"
John Cusack: "Got this report from shannon moore about the nyc situation --- can any one confirm? If so blumberg lost hi… (cont) http://deck.ly"
Michael Moore: "Police & mayor disobeying judge's order to let #OWS back into park. Now awaiting Judge's next move. http://twitpic.com."
The Roots' Questlove: HOOOOOTIE HOOOOOOO!!!! or #OWS needs a better lookout system http://j.mp
Mark Ruffalo: "People in Liberty Park were pepper sprayed. Police beat women. Press pushed out so they could not witness the crackdown.Dehumanizing 99%#Ows" and "@springrose12 Bloomberg says people were going to the park to, "break the law"so it must be closed. Lady Liberty weeps today. #OWS"
Colin Hanks: "Disappointed to be reading about what is happening right now in NYC..."