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Last night we went to see the movie, Parker. It is an action based crime drama starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. Much of the action takes place in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Boca Raton. That was the primary reason we went.
Some time back I was walking the dogs. It was about 10:30 PM and dark. As I approached my house a pickup pulled over to the shoulder and parked. A large fellow got out and approached me.
“You live around here?“, he asked.
“Just down there a couple of houses.”, I replied.
“Well, I’m trying to let everybody know, tomorrow there is going to be a lot of activity on this street. I’m with a film company and we will be shooting a Jennifer Lopez movie here tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know, cause you’ll see a lot of people on your street tomorrow”
Now that was interesting.
The next day there were lots of people. My studio looks out onto the street so I had a front row view on the happening. People were setting up lights up and down the street; they were laying cables the length of the street for their equipment; they were bringing in plants to enhance the look of some of the front yards; and on and on. It was a bee hive of activity.
I learned that the film company had wanted to film the street scenes in Palm Beach but had been unable to get the necessary permits. They picked our street because it “looked like Palm Beach”.
In the scene on our street, the character played by Jennifer Lopez, a real estate sales person in the movie, is in the car with Parker, played by Jason Statham. They drive slowly down the street while she discusses the types of homes available in Palm Beach. They drove down the street (about the length of two city blocks) six or seven times doing retakes. After each take Jennifer would then get out and talk with the neighbors who were watching the process. Seemed like a nice person.
And that was it. Late that night they packed up and were gone. A company representative came around and had us sign some sort of release and about three weeks later we received a check for $500.
So now the movie is in the theaters and we had to see it.
First I must tell you there is a lot of violence in the story. There must be twenty people dispatched over the course of two hours. So if that is not appealing you may not wish to see the film.
But, if you want to see what this part of Florida looks like Parker will show you. There are terrific panoramas of the intracoastal waterway, the bridges, the City of West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach.
And of course there are neighborhood scenes, many with mansions and scenes of impressive hotels like the Boca Raton Resort and Club and the Breakers.
Even I came away impressed with the beauty of the area and I live here.
But our street! What about our street?
When the scene unfolded there were the two of them in the car slowly driving down our street, talking.
The camera focused on their faces in a closeup for most of the scene. In the background we could see a bit of a neighbors’ hedge, a part of a vine-covered wall, little bits and snippets but nothing you could really name unless you knew the street. And then there was one full shot featuring one home. It filled the entire screen.
It even had a bit of my van. Guess I’ll have to buy the DVD.
More to come
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