Apparently after finding out that the city of Cleveland benefited from The Avengers filming part of its movie there – to the tune of $30 million – Columbus mayor Michael Coleman is jonesing for some of that sweet L.A. cash. So says The Lantern:
“In 2011, about $3.7 million was spent in Central Ohio on film projects. In contrast, about $68 million was spent in Cleveland and Akron and almost $30 million was spent in Cincinnati in 2011, according to the Ohio Film Office.”
They even get a quote from The Laughing Ogre’s manager, and our pal, Stang:
“Apart from financial gain, Jeff Stang, store manager of Laughing Ogre Comics, located at 4258 N. High St., said he didn’t see a good reason why a film like “The Avengers” should shoot in Columbus.
“See, the problem is that most of the Marvel universe takes place in New York City, so you have to find something that can model either New York City or one of the boroughs, or something like that, and Columbus just doesn’t have the skyline to do it,” Stang said.”
C’mon, Stang, why you gotta be like that? Where’s the love? I once saw an episode of a TV show that was ostensibly set on the campus of “The Ohio State University,” except that in the background you saw palm trees between the buildings. If L.A. can double for C-Bus, C-Bus can double for NYC. It’s all movie magic, baby!