More than 100 people gathered yesterday to gawk at Hollywood using our neighborhood as the backdrop for a “battle in an urban wasteland.” The big budget film Cymbeline stars Ethan Hawke, Mila Jovovich and Ed Harris in a modern-day retelling of the William Shakespeare play of the same name. Only Hawke and Harris were on-scene yesterday, filming a shootout that climaxed with the explosion of a cop car.
Most of the people stood around for hours as set guys milled about, readying props and preparing shots, for what ultimately turned out to be little more than a few minutes of actual action. A shootout was filmed in the morning. Then they recorded a few blasts ripping into the windshield of the cop car. Ed Harris, rifle in hand, took a few attempts to lob a grenade under the cop car while standing in the doorway of the Burger King (2481 Knapp Street). Finally, the day ended after the car’s doors and hood were rigged with explosives and blasted off just after 5:00 p.m.
Some spectators stood around after the show and got to see Ethan Hawke strut around. He spent most of the day inside the Burger King’s interior, which we’re told was revamped for the movie. They made no changes to the exterior or Knapp Street to make it look like a wasteland. Go figure.
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Photo by Robert Fernandez
Sheepshead Bay and other parts of Southern Brooklyn are quickly becoming a fashionable place for Hollywood types to film their movies. The latest movie filming our streets is Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic, not the Pink Floyd song.
The movie, directed by Michael Almereyda, stars the likes of Ethan Hawke, Mila Jovovich and Ed Harris and will be filming scenes this Thursday and Friday on Knapp Street between Avenue X and Avenue Y. Shooting will also take place on Avenue Y between Knapp Street and Bringham Street. One scene will be shot at the Burger King (2481 Knapp Street). Here is the description of the scene from the event notice issued:
I E BURGER KING
2481 KNAPP STREET, Brooklyn (Interior Exterior)
Description: A battle in urban wasteland btwn a biker gang and local police. Various interior-exterior scenes in small empty burger king and surrounding private parking lot 3 Picture Squad Cars, 8 motorcycles. prop guns, handcuffs and ak47. flame bars and smokers. Prop cadaver smolders on gurney. The Interiors and Exteriors are happening simultaneously as the battle engulfs the closed burger king . The entire company will be staging on the private exterior parking lot on premises of the closed burger kingP
Pretty cool, but also kind of sad that the local Burger King on Knapp Street might easily double for a scene set in an “urban wasteland.” Still, it is interesting how much Hollywood activity has come to the area in recent months, drawing in the likes of Bill Murray, Jason Clarke and even the Spider-Man 2 crew in Bensonhurst. If anyone near the site catches some interesting photos or runs into a celebrity, please share them with us!
Photo by Robert Fernandez
Oh. My. Goodness. Isn’t this America? We thought this was America. We believe it is, and, yet, in less than six months two fast food chains – McDonald’s and Burger King – have shuttered in Sheepshead Bay. It must be a tough economy…
We noticed it yesterday, but we’re told the 2481 Knapp Street location closed on Saturday. According to a worker who was there yesterday taking out kitchen equipment, the landlord refused to renew the lease.
The employee does not know what is planned for the property, which is now entirely stripped of all Burger King signage, except for the large sign on the pole in the parking lot.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this.