Obama's Hollywood Elite Have Outsourced Jobs.
How Obama's Hollywood Backers Have Outsourced JobsBy Jonathan Karl
Another week, another Hollywood fundraiser for President Obama. And why not? From George Clooney's house in Los Angeles toSarah Jessica Parker's townhouse in Manhattan, the Hollywoodcrowd has been a virtual ATM for the Obama campaign.
All that Hollywood cash has helped pay for ads hammering Mitt Romney for maximizing profits by shipping American jobs overseas during his time at the helm of Bain Capital. But Hollywoodknows a thing or two about outsourcing too.
Movie-making is big business, of course. And, when it comes to maximizing profits, the President's top celebrity supporters have benefited from from outsourcing, Hollywood-style.
Here's a fresh example: "The Dark Knight Rises," starring Morgan Freeman (who recently gave Priorities USA, the Obama SuperPAC, $1 million). There is no more quintessentially American city than Gotham. But where were half the Gotham scenes shot? In the United Kingdom and China. Going overseas may have meant fewer jobs for American workers, but, presumably some tax breaks and fewer union rules.
And then there's Hollywood legend Harvey Weinstein, who is hosting tonight's high-dollar fundraiser for President Obama. Mr. Weinstein's long list of movie credits includes many films that, that although set in the United States, were filmed primarily in foreign countries. Outsourcing, pure and simple.
Here are some of the movies set in U.S. locations, but produced in foreign countries and how much they raised at the box office.
A. "The Legend of Zorro" Released: 2005 B. Domestic Gross: $46,464,023 C. 5 out of 5 locations were foreign: Mexico, New Zealand D. Set in California
A. "The Dark Knight" Released 2008 B. Domestic Gross: $533,345,358 C. 21 of 38 locations were foreign: China & UK D. Chinese scenes are meant to take place in China, but scenes shot in U.K. were meant to be in the fictional city of Gotham (American)
A. "The Dark Knight Rises" Released: 2012 B. Domestic Gross: $160,887,295 (as of Jul. 22) C. 13 of 26 locations were foreign: China & UK D. Indian/Romanian scenes are meant to take place in the Middle East, but U.K. scenes are meant to take place in fictional city of Gotham (American)
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