Movie: SAFE - filmed in Philadelphia - opens April 27
4/16/2012 1:39:00 PM
The movie “Safe” that was filmed here in Philadelphia opens in theatres April 27. Although the storyline is set in New York where the exteriors were filmed, the interior scenes were made here.
As a background actor, (“extra”) in the film, my scene took place inside the Bellevue Hotel lobby and involved the main character played by Jason Straham holding up the clerk at the hotel desk. Gunshots were heard, and I was directed to run away toward the exit of the lobby.
I remember having my wardrobe inspected by Ann Roth, an Academy Award winning costume designer whose name evokes major respect in the film industry. She screamed out, “Where are the furs?” because none of us were wearing any mink stoles or fur coats, and she felt the scene required very wealthy looking hotel patrons. My rather ordinary green raincoat had to suffice but she positioned my Liz Claiborne scarf around the collar to enhance my “wealthy look.”
Writer/Director Boaz Yakin was pleased to work here as he said in a press release, “The Mayor and the city of Philadelphia went out of their way to accommodate us. They would let us shut down streets. They were always asking us what they could do to help as opposed to making us feel were a burden. Shooting there turned out to be great and I’m grateful for the help they gave us.”
One of the largest sets was built inside of Girard College serving as the Triad’s casino in the film. Other area locations included a home in Holmes, Pa, to serve as Luke Wright’s home. Parx casino in Bensalem, Pa was also used. The Bloomfield Estate in Villanova filled in for New York’s mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion.
Mark Mothersbaugh, former lead singer and founder of the alternative band, Devo, composed the musical score. Mothersbaugh has become a sought-after and very successful composer, writing musical scores for movies and television.
A trailer for the film can be seen here.
Rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language