On Location with “Brooklyn’s Finest”

In the summer of 2008 I got to spend a day on the set of Brooklyn’s Finest for my other blog, Filming In Brooklyn, and it was quite a day.  It’s been a year-and-a-half, but I’m finally starting to see commercials for the movie.  It will be in theaters on March 5th, and since I got a handful of great posts out of my set visit, I thought I’d re-post them here for a new audience in anticipation of the movie’s release.

I’m really excited about this movie.  It’s directed by Antoine Fuqua, who got an absolutely amazing performance out of Ethan Hawke in Training Day.  I can’t wait to see what they do when reunited for Brooklyn’s Finest.

This was originally posted on Filming In Brooklyn on July 3rd, 2008.  I’ll be posting another one each evening for the rest of the week.


Filming In Brooklyn had exclusive access yesterday on the set of Brooklyn’s Finest, director Antoine Fuqua’s movie about NYPD cops, set in Brooklyn. The interweaving story lines (which have been described as “Crash meets Training Day“) center on characters played by a handful of big name, talented actors: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes, and Ellen Barkin.

When filming wraps up, the cast and crew will have shot 40 days on location in Brooklyn, with another two days in a Brooklyn studio and a small number of days outside of Brooklyn.

Filming In Brooklyn was able to speak at length with several of the talented people responsible for this film, and we’ll be posting our interviews soon. First, some pictures from the set.

Director Antoine Fuqua, discussing a scene with Richard Gere. Mr. Gere plays a cop near retirement.

Antoine Fuqua, Richard Gere, Brooklyn's Finest

During our time on the set, we saw a scene being shot from a couple of different viewpoints. Mr. Gere’s character, standing near his cruiser, hears a gunshot from inside a bodega and runs into the building.

Here’s the crew, kitty-corner from where the action is taking place.

Antoine Fuqua, Richard Gere, Brooklyn's Finest

Antoine Fuqua, location shoot, Brooklyn's Finest

Mr. Gere, waiting for shooting to start.

Antoine Fuqua, Richard Gere, Brooklyn's Finest

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  1. Charlie says

    Being a NY police officer myself it would be great to see actors once and for all start wearing vests under their costumes… I have to lug that stupid thing around for 8 hours and 35 minutes every day, 5 days a week. Mr. Gere looks nice and comfortable in his shirt there, if only he knew the reality!

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