Aug 06 2008
Wesley Snipes and Don Cheadle in Brooklyn's Finest

Wesley Snipes and Don Cheadle: First Look at Brooklyn’s Finest

Wesley Snipes is free to roam [the globe] as he appeals his tax evasion conviction. In the meantime he owes the government $200k to cover their legal costs. What better way to get the money up then to hit a movie set?

Wesley Snipes was cast as a drug dealer in Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest. He joins Don Cheadle, Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke, who play cops in the movie that’s short-described as Crash meets Training Day.

The movie is being shot on location in Brooklyn, NY.

Here is a scene being filmed, but honestly, who could tell the difference.. looks like Tuesday.

Antoine Fuqua, who directed Denzel Washington to an Oscar in Training Day, talked to Filming in Brooklyn about .. filming in Brooklyn..

Antoine Fuqua on set of Brooklyn's Finest

You could build a bodega set, and you could build a small apartment on a soundstage, and have complete control of the environment. Why was it so important for you to get into the actual spaces?

“Well, it’s the details. You can’t build the details. You can try but you can’t really capture the details of the people, of the energy. It affects how I film, it affects the actors’ behavior, when you’re in the real environment, when you really can interact with the people who live here, it makes a big difference in what comes off emotionally on the screen.”

And do you find that the crowds that gather to watch you, are they ever a distraction, or do they really just juice everybody up?

“I mean they’re both, honestly, they’re both. They’re a good distraction. They’re always going to be a distraction because there’s some people who you’re getting in the way of their everyday life, and that’s to be expected. They’re just trying to go to work, or take care of their business. And we’re really in the way. But they juice everybody up because the majority of the people so far have been amazing. They’ve just been helpful and excited about it, you know, really cheering us on out here. And I’ve had a lot of guys come up to me and say, keep doing what you’re doing, thank you for shooting here, really appreciative. So, it’s been great.

And later.. [Mr. Fuqua had to pause, because all sorts of commotion had broken out next to us, at the red light. A car was blaring hip-hop music, and as soon as the light turned green and that sound faded, it was replaced by an angry driver swearing and honking his horn repeatedly, trying to move along the drivers who had slowed down to see what all the people and lights and cameras were doing there under the El tracks.]

Antoine Fuqua: “See? You can’t- You can’t get that in - This is Brooklyn. Brooklyn style.”

More at Filming in Brooklyn and Crashing the Set Part 1 and 2

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