- Title: USA: A star-studded cast premiere "Brooklyn's Finest" in New York
- Date: 3rd March 2010
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MARCH 2, 2010) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAWKE SAYING: "Just the gritty streets. LA, you know, is all about the car. New York, it is all about the streets."
- Embargoed: 18th March 2010 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA1O9FM9I3PH5OXRP0XK14QMYGC
- Story Text: Actor Ethan Hawke and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua reunite in "Brooklyn's Finest", a searing new crime drama, their first film collaboration since "Training Day".
"Brooklyn's Finest" tells the story of three different New York City police officers who in the course of one extraordinary week are dramatically transformed by their involvement in a massive drug operation.
At the New York premiere of the film on Tuesday (March 2), the Oscar-nominated Hawke - who plays narcotics officer Sal Procida - said the film was a throwback to the gritty cop thrillers once set in the city.
"This is an old school New York movie," he told Reuters. "This is a throwback to the kind of movie that I wanted to be in when I first started acting, the old school New York cop drama."
The film also stars Golden Globe-winner Richard Gere, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.
The film marks Snipes' first theatrical film in six years since he starred in "Blade: Trinity" in 2004. His previous films during this period went straight to DVD.
Snipes, who has spent time in jail for tax fraud, said shooting this film had a serious impact on him emotionally.
"There are issues, psychological and emotional, that police officers face in the line of duty," Snipes said. "Most of us have pre-conceived notions about what they are and that they are all bad, but we don't rarely ever investigate why they do the things they do or the emotional problems that they may be experiencing. That's something I learned on this film: the idea that police officers commit suicide, or at least more of them commit suicide, than actually die in the line of duty."
Gere said the film came together quickly.
"We had to make it hard and fast, I hate to say it that way. We don't have a lot of money to make this movie, we had an extremely visual script and all the characters on one level or another are at total burnout. So, there wasn't time to rev up. We had to just dive in and do it. But I think we all connected with our characters because they were so well written, that it also gave us room to improvise a lot - we trusted them. So I think we brought a lot of extra life to this. We all informed each other, quite well," he said.
Stars of the screen attended the premiere, including television host Sherri Shepherd, who in a lighter moment, commented on the latest ordeal for supermodel Naomi Campbell.
"Naomi Campbell is crazy," she said. "I don't know what is wrong with that girl. I watch this cartoon with my son called 'Yo Gabba Gabba' and they sing this song all the time, 'Keep your hands to yourself!' I think Naomi needs to go back and watch cartoons," Shepherd said.
"Brooklyn's Finest" will be released in the United States on March 5.
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