Saturday, November 05, 2005


Chaos on the Set

In what will most likely go down as one of the most ironic moments in movie-making history, a drunken New York firefighter was arrested for crashing a stolen truck into the set of director Oliver Stone's (yet untitled) 9/11 movie, which is the first major motion picture to tackle the events of that day -- a day in which the bravery and heroism of firefighters became legendary around the world. Eugene Scharf -- a 26-year-old Harvard graduate who had become a firefighter just five months ago -- was arrested for grand larceny, DWI and criminal possession of a weapon (for a knife he had tucked in his pants) after he crashed into the set on W. 13th St and Ninth Ave in Manhattan. Oscar-winner Stone, who has built a career on making controversial, thought-provoking films such as Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and JFK was unfazed by the event, according to newspaper reports. (Stone himself was arrested early in the year on DWI charges in Beverly Hills, CA.) The film, which stars Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), will tell the story of Port Authority police officer, John McLaughlin, who was rescued after being trapped in the rubble for almost 24 hours after planes hijacked by Islamic terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers, sending them to the ground and killing 3000 people. It's the first major motion picture to dramatize the events of that day. An independent film entitled The Guys, which focused on one fire chief's struggle to write eulogies for eight men he lost on 9/11, starred Sigourney Weaver, and was released in 2002.

He ended up going to medical school at Columbia and is now a practicing physician at the Mayo Clinic.
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