Movie director Brett Ratner has voiced his support for New York City after Woody Allen sensationally snubbed his hometown by declaring it too expensive to film in.
Allen, who was born and raised in New York City, spent much of his early career making movies in the Big Apple, but in recent years has turned his attentions to Europe, filming in Spain, France and Britain.
And at a press conference in Spain on Monday (22Aug10), Allen riled his fellow New Yorkers by insisting he won't make any more movies in Manhattan as he can't afford to shoot there.
But X-Men: The Last Stand director Ratner is adamant Allen is wrong about New York, insisting he has chosen to film upcoming Ben Stiller caper Tower Heist in the city this November (10) because he found it cheaper than shooting on location in Canada.
He tells Deadline.com, "When you have a big budget film, you're getting a huge tax rebate and that made it more affordable compared to Toronto. The bigger the film, the more you're going to save. The New York crews are in my opinion some of the best, because they grew up working for Woody, Joel and Ethan Coen, Marty Scorsese and Spike Lee. New York becomes a character in any movie and the rebate made it so reasonable that we're shooting 100 per cent of the film here and doing all of the post-production in New York."