Extensive flooding and damage from the “superstorm” Sandy provided plenty of dramatic photographs — but not dramatic enough, apparently, for the Iranian news website presstv.com, which used a still photo from the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow to illustrate a story about the storm on Tuesday.
The melodramatic movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum and Dennis Quaid, depicts a once-in-a-millennium storm that sends Earth into a new ice age, with much of the action taking place in a waterlogged and snow-covered Manhattan. It was spectacularly successful worldwide, grossing more than $500 million.
Press TV used the still photo from the movie of disaster hitting Manhattan without a caption, in a story headlined “Could hurricane Sandy delay election?”
Sandy did manage to flood New York’s subways, but it didn’t come close to burying the Statue of Liberty in snow, as imagined in the movie poster.