Way, way back, early-ish in my career, I was called to help arrange filming a scene for Bad Boys II at a water tower owned by the agency I worked for.
The water tower was no longer in use and was in bad shape. My employer was actually in the process of having a contractor take it down so it wouldn’t be a danger to the nearby community in case of a hurricane or something similar.
The water tower had been a landmark in the community but it’s days were long past.
We actually delayed the demolition for a week so they could film a gunfight at the water tower. Afterwards, we proceeded and completed taking down a piece of history, the old Miami water tower.
One of the coolest aspects of my job is working with the movies, AKA Hollywood.
Well, to be fair, and honest, my involvement is minimal.
I get called from time to time for permission to use one of my employer’s facilities to film scenes for a movie, or commercial, or music video, or a still photo shoot.
It’s not up to me to grant permission–that’s done by the department director where I work. I just help out in getting the permission, relaying any requirements to the film/production company, and so on.
One of the weirder things I worked on was for the filming of Reno 911!: Miami. They needed a good spot to blow up a whale (a dead one) and we had just the right place: an unused sludge drying bed at a wastewater treatment plant.
I made the arrangements but due to my schedule at the time I couldn’t go out to watch the explosion.
To this day I don’t know if they used a “fake” whale or an actual dead whale in this scene.
PS: The video below of an exploding whale is not from the movie. I couldn’t find a clip of the scene online, probably due to copyright issues.