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08.17.09 42 Comments

   They’re cousins, identical cousins all the way.

Battle: Los Angeles is an aliens-vs-humans movie starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.  The majority of the scenes are being shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  *record scratch*

It’s not unusual to film in a state that offers bigger subsidies and interest-free loans, but trying to substitute Baton Rouge for L.A. is just ballsy as hell. This isn’t a subtle change of setting like Gran Torino, which was set in the large Hmong community of Minnesota but was filmed in Michigan, a state that offers up to 42% in subsidies toward production costs.  Michigan was also, according to Clint Eastwood, “less gooky“. 

If Battle: Los Angeles becomes a series, I look forward to these future installments:

  • Battle: Salt Lake City (filmed in Detroit)
  • Battle: Miami (filmed in Reykjavik)
  • Battle: Compton (filmed in Tokyo)
  • Battle: Machu Picchu (filmed in Des Moines)
  • Battle: Calcutta (filmed at Diddy’s house)

~ robopanda [Sources: The Economist and WBRZ News]

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When not writing for Uproxx, Caleb likes to volunteer at the legless cat shelter and photoshop the Babadook into all of his family photos. He once resolved the question “To be or not to be?” through the clever use of General Semantics. Your mom thinks you could be more like him if you only applied yourself.

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