Giuliani flick set to film in Canada

October 30, 2002|By KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE

So they're finally making a movie about former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and what better place to shoot it than ... Montreal?

Yes, Rudy! - based on an unauthorized biography - is set to begin filming Nov. 7 in Canada, angering industry officials who say the film belongs in Giuliani's hometown.

James Woods stars as the Brooklyn-born former mayor, and Penelope Ann Miller plays ex-wife Donna Hanover in the film, which intersperses flashbacks from Giuliani's childhood and political career with his performance Sept. 11, 2001.

Carlton America is producing the film for USA Networks, which has scheduled a release for next year. Like the book, it was made without Giuliani's cooperation.

The Montreal decision means less work for union members and comes when New York's film industry is struggling, said Pamm Fair, national deputy director of the Screen Actors Guild.

"They have very little right now," she said. "Runaway production is a huge problem in this country."

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