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Movie filming can't obscure real-life violence

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Hol­ly­wood does Frank­ford this week.

The old Globe Dye Works build­ing at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Kin­sey Street was the set of an ac­tion-re­venge-sus­pense movie with an in­ter­na­tion­al cast.

Dead Man Down, which was be­ing filmed in Cen­ter City, moved to the Frank­ford build­ing Tues­day morn­ing. On Monday af­ter­noon, not a block a way, an 18-year-old man was gunned down on the 1900 block of Kin­sey.

Robert Sneed, 18, of the 1800 block of Wid­ner Place, was struck by sev­er­al bul­lets after 3 p.m., po­lice said. Sneed died later at Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, po­lice said. A spokes­wo­man said the shoot­ing was be­lieved to be re­lated to a quar­rel. Three peoples were taken in­to cus­tody, but none had been charged as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

In the film, which will con­tin­ue shoot­ing this week in Frank­ford, Ir­ish act­or Colin Far­rell (Al­ex­an­der, Miami Vice), plays the right-hand man of gang chief Ter­rence Howard (Iron­man, Hustle & Flow) as the two are caught up in a battle with rivals, said the movie’s pub­li­cist, Bob Lev­ine.

Not on the Frank­ford loc­a­tion is Noomi Ra­pace, who played the title char­ac­ter in the ori­gin­al Swedish ver­sion of The Girl with the Dragon Tat­too. She por­trays Far­rell’s love in­terest in Dead Man Down. The movie is the first Amer­ic­an film by Niel Ar­den Opley, who dir­ec­ted Ra­pace in The Girl with the Dragon Tat­too.

Al­though Dead Man Down is be­ing filmed in Philly, the movie is ac­tu­ally set in New York, Lev­ine said. Pro­du­cer Joseph Zolfo worked with loc­a­tion dir­ect­or Staci Ha­gen­baugh to set up sites in Phil­adelphia. Lev­ine said the Globe Dye Works was picked be­cause the film’s script called for a ware­house.

Al­though crew and vehicles as­so­ci­ated with the film are parked along Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Far­rell was seen a few times on Tues­day af­ter­noon, film­ing is en­tirely in­doors on a set erec­ted in the build­ing. It’s closed to the pub­lic. Lev­ine said film­ing is ex­pec­ted to con­tin­ue in Phil­adelphia in­to June.

Globe Dye is the only North­east Phil­adelphia loc­a­tion be­ing used for the film. ••

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You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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