MIAMI _ Negative coverage of the closure of the MacArthur Causeway for a sequence of "Bad Boys 2" has Miami-Dade's film community predicting a backlash from Hollywood filmmakers, who could easily take their multimillion-dollar budgets elsewhere.
"All you need is bad press. It's a small very small circle," said Keith W. Rouse, an independent producer from North Miami. "We haven't had this much production in five years. But the L.A. crowd talks to the money crowd. They see there's trouble and they'll rewrite the story. Everything will be affected."
After several lean production years, local set builders, production assistants and crew eagerly embraced the blockbuster, which is providing jobs for 525 local vendors and another 200 local crew members. But local film workers said negative accounts of the shutdown of the MacArthur Causeway, a move few established film cities would consider, reveal how little the community understands or supports their industry. This despite Miami-Dade's push to attract outside productions, which pumped $150 million into the county last year.
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