Action-Adventure Movie Being Shot On Broad Street

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia gets another close-up! A movie featuring action star Jason Statham (below right) is being shot in Center City.

statham Action Adventure Movie Being Shot On Broad Street

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Someone stumbling into the historic Bellevue Hotel, at Broad and Locust Streets (above), early Wednesday morning might have been alarmed.

It was just a scene from the new movie Safe, directed by Boaz Yakin.

“Actually, Philadelphia is doubling for New York,” said Yakin. “We shot about three weeks in New York, and then the rest is Philadelphia locations. There’s a good tax incentive here, makes it worth shooting your film here.”

Those tax credits have been targeted for elimination by members of the Pennsylvania legislature as unfairly favoring one industry. But the Greater Philadelphia Film Office says that without the credits, the city would lose hundreds of millions of dollars in business from production companies.

Yakin says there are other reasons he likes shooting in Philadelphia:

“I’m enjoying it. People here are really accommodating and really nice.”

Something to keep in mind if you’re driving in Center City late at night this week: parts of South Broad Street will be closed for filming.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • Phillyp

    It would be great if these movies were based in Philadelphia and not New York! It would give Philly some much needed media exposure!

  • Joe McKeever

    if they need a stuntman, sign my father up! im telling you that he is tough as nails. granted most of his stunts are by accident, ie tripping and falling down the steps, placing a fork in the toaster, falling asleep behind the wheel, etc. yet, he gets right up from all of these stunts and marches on! he delivers papers now for a living so you know you can get him for cents on the dollar!

  • gerald blaskovich

    do they need extras?

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