CMU School of Drama

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money In late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with hundreds of thousands of fake bills floating through the air.


Jacob Wesson said...

119Of all the things for Hollywood companies to get called out on (here's looking at you, Kim Kardashian), the last thing I would expect to read about is fake money and the consequences of using it. Discovering Secret Service agents were forced to head to Vegas to gather millions of fake dollars, with the creators being slandered as counterfeiters, puts the whole idea of theatrical props in jeopardy. If fake money were to be handed out in a Broadway show and the lesser beings that walk among us decided to test their luck with the funny money, the show would be shut down and a formal investigation would begin into the production. There is even a legal way to fake your money, as stated in the article, but if the Service decides that the 0 in your 50$ sign is a 16th of an inch off, there goes your life. Welcome to jail. Don't drop the soap. For what purpose? I think that the Secret Service needs to devote their time and energy into solving the real problems of America. Thanks, Obama.

Jonah Camiel said...
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Jonah Camiel said...

This is truly quite the story. The idea that a Hollywood film could turn into exactly what the storyline is may be rare. However, the lawsuit of a major props house is just ridiculous. The fact that the secret service now has to take this movie storyline and turn it into a real case is kind of hilarious. With the line between legal fake bills and illegal fake bills so thin, its hard to keep yourself safe. Also with the added ability of the secret service to make the final determination props houses everywhere should be on high alert. No one wants to go to jail over making a few realistic looking bills to be used in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, it sounds like things got blown way out of proportion in this situation. Oh well, now we know that being a props house comes with its risks.