Fires stoked for Out of the Furnace opening on Dec. 6

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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Entertainment Weekly has clip from “Out of the Furnace,” the movie shot in Braddock and elsewhere in the Pittsburgh area about a year and a half ago. (In case any confusion still exists, it has nothing to do with the novel “Out of This Furnace.")

Christian Bale sings the praises of director Scott Cooper: “It’s stunning. Scott is a hell of a director. It’s wonderful and I keep going in and watching it,” Bale said of the movie.

Here’s the link to EW:


“It sort of hypnotized all of us and the great thing for me is how much has come through in the end. As an actor you hope for the best, and sometimes you get experiences with the work when you’re really surprised it didn’t happen on film. There’s nothing you can do about that – that’s up to the director and editor to muster with what you’ve given them. But this one – holy crap! It really came through,” he told the magazine.

Below, part of a blog post I wrote back in May 2012 which may provide a clue about the prison in the movie opening Dec. 6:

So far, so great.

Three months ago, it looked as if "Out of the Furnace" might land in Lowell, Mass., home of "The Fighter." Or anywhere but here.

Now the drama starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as brothers and third-generation steelworkers is two weeks away from wrapping up filming here at such locations as Braddock, North Braddock, the Carrie Furnaces and a Koppel steel mill. In addition to Bale and Affleck, the cast includes Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe.

"Pittsburgh is a great place to shoot," Jeff Waxman, executive producer of "Out of the Furnace," told roughly 75 people at a Sunday event organized by the Pennsylvania Film Industry Association at the Sheraton at Station Square.

They didn't learn much in terms of spoilers – some shooting was done at a former prison in Moundsville, W.Va., where local actor Tony Amen shared a cell with Bale – but they got free advice from Waxman and unit production manager Julie Hartley,anecdotes from their careers and one very good Sylvester Stallone impersonation from Waxman whose first paying job was on "Rhinestone." 

They emphasized the importance of the commonwealth's tax credit for film production with Pennsylvania joining Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico, New York and Massachusetts as the most competitive states. "You really need to stretch the dollar," Waxman said, with "Out of the Furnace" tapping into money another production no longer could use.

Director Scott Cooper swung through Pittsburgh in early 2010 while promoting "Crazy Heart" and fell in love with Braddock and wrote the script for the region. "We're having a great experience. Julie put together probably the best crew I've ever worked with in 25 years. Most of them are in this room," the producer said, to applause.

In the movie, Affleck is a returning Iraq War veteran while Bale is a steelworker. "It's very interesting and it's very authentic," and that includes the presence of locals on screen. "The actors are loving it, it's going to be a really, really, really good film," Waxman predicted.

The movie allowed Waxman, a huge Steelers fan, to meet QB Ben Roethlisberger and to indulge in some retail therapy when shooting got especially stressful. That's how he ended up with 17 or so Steelers T-shirts, he joked.

Photo above by Kerry Hayes showing Zoe Saldana, Scott Cooper and Christian Bale.


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