nothing exciting happening, so i’ll do a small picture tour.
according to the intarwebs, there will be a new movie coming out called gangster squad; it will feature a bunch of hollywood people, and may be released sometime next year, unless it gets shelved. what does that have to do with pool? nothing, except someone decided to shoot a scene right next to my favorite pool hall. so for several weeks, the PH’s parking lot was packed with trailers, vans, trucks, suvs, and any other type of transport vehicle you could think of, along with a bunch of extras all dressed up in costumes. there was a planned shootout scene, but i didn’t stick around to film it. too lazy, i guess.
i think the crew took a shortcut when they built the clothing store set. i’m guessing there wouldn’t be any wide-angle shots for this part of the street! either that or they’ll just erase “billiards” with cgi.
so that’s what the set looked like. the whole think took the crew two to three weeks to build, but i wouldn’t be surprised if the scene was only a minute long. when people say “movie production”, it literally was a production. i had no idea how many people were involved to build a set like this. based on my rough observation, at least a hundred people showed up for this job, give or take twenty. anyway, it was pretty neat.
[Nov 7, 2011] well, it turns out that slapsie maxie was a real person. max “slapsie maxie” rosenbloom was a boxer turned actor and night club owner; the nickname came from his boxing style. rosenbloom operated various clubs in los angeles and frisco; the gangster mickey cohen purportedly had a hand in the night club featured in the movie.