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Aug. 31, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU graduate plays ‘Dark Knight Rises’ police officer

If you have a sharp eye when watching “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest Batman Hollywood blockbuster, you might catch a glimpse of Joe Fishel, a 1997 Slippery Rock University master of education and 2008 master of history graduate, in the role of a police officer.

Fishel’s “big scene” comes at about the 90-minute mark. The SRU graduate who enjoys joining movies and commercials filmed in the Pittsburgh region, was recently featured in the Focus Section of the Butler Eagle.

Fishel has been working as a film extra for the past decade and has been captured in eight films, including the recent Batman hit. He was on hand for filming “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s book of the same name set for release Sept. 14. Chbosky’s book was used for several years as part of SRU’s summer, new-student reading program. Fishel won’t know if he is actually seen in the movie as a parent and high school football fan, until its formal release.

Other films Fishel, a social studies teacher at Kittanning High School by day, has been involved with include “Jack Reacher,” where he was a SWAT/EMS and photo double; “The Promised Land,” in which he was a town resident and parent; and “Out of the Furnace,” where he portrayed a prison guard.

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