Oliver Stone film about Sept. 11 being filmed in Glen Rock


GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone is using the small borough of Glen Rock as a backdrop for some shots in his new film about the last two officers who made it out of the World Trade Center alive.

Stone checked out a barber shop, the Rock Cafe and the CVS drugstore on Thursday with his director's "finder" lens in hand, according to a story in The Record of Bergen County for its Saturday morning papers.

The film, which has yet to be named, will be based on the story of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police Sgt. John McLoughlin and Officer William J. Jimeno who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001. Nicolas Cage, who won a best-actor Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas," will star as McLoughlin.

John Brancato, owner of the Little Joe and John's Barber Shop for 40 years, said a Paramount Picture location manager asked him and two barbers to be ready for filming on Friday.

"They saw my shop and asked if I'd be interested in having the place used in a movie," Brancato said. "I said, 'Why not? I think it's beautiful."'

Glen Rock Mayor John van Keuren said that while there have been film crews in the borough before, this time around has been a bigger deal because they are filming for a few days. The borough lost 11 residents and the Port Authority lost 37 officers in the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, about 22 miles away from Glen Rock.

While the star power of Stone and Cage likely will make the movie the most high-profile film to tackle Sept. 11, it's not the first. Many independent films have turned their lenses to downtown New York, and in the 2002 film "The Guys," Anthony LaPaglia played a fire captain who lost eight men in the towers' collapse.

Stone has won best-director Oscars for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July." He also has directed "Alexander," "Nixon," "JFK" and "Wall Street."

Screen credits for Cage include "Adaptation," "City of Angels" and "Moonstruck."

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From Nicholas Cages website: http://cagefactor.com/photos/new911movie.html

"It's a work of collective passion, a serious meditation on what happened and carries within a compassion that heals," Stone said in a statement Friday. "It's an exploration of heroism in our country but it's international at the same time in its humanity."

Doesn't sound like they'll be asking any tough questions unfortunately. May have to begin a campaign against Oliver Stone and Cage...

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