'Law Abiding Citizen,' starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, had a day shoot at a local bridge Tuesday.
Assistant district attorney Nick Rice arrives on the South Philly scene where a missing cop may be buried. The west side of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge provided the backdrop for Tuesday's day shoot of the psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." With temperatures in the 30s, the cast and crew gathered in a small, nearby field for the helicopter scene.
On set were Foxx ("Ray" and "Dreamgirls") who plays Rice; Colm Meaney, portraying Detective Dunnigan; and Richard Portnow as defense attorney Bill Reynolds in addition to extras, film publicist Carol Green said. Gerard Butler ("300" and "P.S. I Love You") also stars as Clyde Shelton, but was not in the South Philly scene.
The project is in the midst of shooting all of its scenes around the Philadelphia area over the course of about 50 days. Future shots will be at a farmhouse shed near the Navy Shipyard in South Philly and a warehouse stage in Southwest Philly, Green said.
While this is co-producer Jeff Waxman's first time working in the City of Brotherly Love -- the Mets fan was in the area last year for the last three innings of the World Series -- he is happy about returning to town since it was chosen as the film's setting.
"We scouted Massachusetts, Georgia, New York and Michigan and luckily we chose here because I get to go home on the weekends and I love it here," he said.
The story takes place in Philadelphia.
"Philadelphia is almost going to be a character in the film," Green said, adding director F. Gary Gray, who also directed "The Italian Job" that was partly filmed in the city, "loves shooting in Philadelphia."
Philadelphia has a lot to offer the movie business, said Stephanie Paul, a Butler fan who plans on seeing the movie upon its 2010 release.
"Yes, because it's based in Philly," said the resident of 15th and Ritner streets. "I'll go see anything that's based in Philly."
Adon Rosario enjoys seeing movies filmed in Philadelphia like "National Treasure" as he grew up here and recognized the locations where filming took place.
"Usually movies filmed in Philadelphia, I'm more likely to see," the resident of Eighth and Morris streets said adding, "Foxx, he's a funny dude. I like to go see his movies in general."
After a home invasion leaves Shelton's wife and children dead, 10 years later their killer is set free in a plea bargain arranged by Rice. After he is imprisoned for killing the murderer, Shelton threatens going on a killing spree across the city unless he is released