I'll Be Back, as a Float

updated 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

A 33 FOOT-TALL MICHAEL Jackson? A curiosity, an artist's little joke. But a 75-foot-tall, hot-air statue of leviathan Arnold Schwarzenegger—it's redundant. Arnie will likely be bigger than ever in this summer's The Last Action Hero, which was filming last week in New York City's Times Square. Hero is a $49 million action epic about a boy (Austin O'Brien, 11) magically transported into the big-screen life of his favorite superhero; the balloon is supposed to be a promotional prop for a movie-in-the-movie. Behind the dimension-bending concept, though, are gnarly traffic logistics. To accommodate the real-life Arnold, the city shut down key streets for up to nine hours a day, starting at 5 p.m., just in time for the weary masses' homeward roar.

But for Mayor David Dinkins, rerouting 12,000 cars during rush hour was not the problemo. The dynamite in the statue's left hand was—the Mayor considered that an ugly reminder of the Feb. 26 World Trade Center bombing (see page 78). The hero now holds a badge.

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