Filming in Louisiana
Another eight weeks of photography took place
in Louisiana, where existing locations brought life to
the rich interior world of 2 Guns. Emmett/Furla Films
had shot several movies in Louisiana, and Emmett felt
it was a good location for this project. He states: "I
brought it up with Balt and discussed with him the pros
of filming there. A location scout also thought it would
be a good place; thus, the decision was made to film the
movie in Louisiana."
One of the key scenes of the
film is when we first meet Bobby
and Stig in a picturesque, small
Texas town at a diner across the
street from the Tres Cruces Savings
& Loan. As luck would have it,
this S&L they're preparing to rob
happens to be across the street
from a police station.
Bobby and Stig stake out the
bank from a well-worn window
booth at Mama Maybelle's Diner
(where you can get the best
doughnuts in three counties).
These street-corner scenes were
shot in Amite City, Louisiana, and they represented
a substantial build for Mickle's crew. To achieve the
proper perspective on the bank, her team built the diner
as a faĆ§ade around the front of a historic house. She
explains: "That set was such a wild challenge because
we weren't allowed to anchor anything onto the roof
of the existing historic house behind it; it was just a
miracle in engineering."
For the S&L, Mickle's crew completely rebuilt
the building interior and turned back the clock on
the approximately 80-year-old former bank, which is
currently the Amite Chamber of Commerce. On the
opposite corner, the city's police station, which is also
seen in 2 Guns, is perfectly positioned alongside train
tracks. Explains Kormakur: "I wanted to use the train
to cut through the scene in a couple of places, and it's
relevant because there are trains coming through those
small towns like crazy. It's a wink at the Westerns."
After he wings Bobby in the shoulder, Stig dutifully
delivers the entire take from the heist to Lt. Cmdr.
Quince in San Antonio. For these scenes, the fictional
Camino Royale hotel was re-created in a penthouse
suite at Harrah's New Orleans, as well as the lobby of
the century-old Le Pavillon Hotel -- a few blocks from
the infamous French Quarter.
Various neighborhoods in New Orleans filled out
the characters' personal lives: the sober, yet elegant,
home of dedicated veteran DEA agent Marlon Jessup
was found near Audubon Park. DEA agent Deb
Rees' bohemian ranch-style home was lensed in the
River Ridge neighborhood. Finally, the neatly kept
stucco-and-brick houses of Kenner provided a cushy
neighborhood for Papi Greco's mistress, Daisi (Snitch's
DORIS MORGADO), and their son, Javier (newcomer
No location offered more reality in Louisiana than
Amite City's stockyard, which became Papi Greco's
ranch stockyard interior. Located just two miles from
the Tres Cruces bank set, the stockyard gives us our first
glimpse of the deceptively charming drug lord. When
Bobby attempts to make a deal with Papi Greco that
will secure evidence and contribute to the takedown of
the cartel, both their fates are sealed.
The crew returned to the stockyard to capture the
unconventional interrogation of Bobby and Stig, with
Papi Greco determined to recover his share of the heist
from the now-fugitive operatives. The stockyard's
maze of catwalks, chutes and cattle pens provided the
perfect setting for an element of the film's dramatic
finale, a Mexican standoff among Earl, Quince, Bobby
For the scenes in which our heroes
must race to Naval Air Station Corpus
Christi to steal back money they believe
is hiding in Quince's office safe, the
production was off to its next locale.
Federal City, a 155-acre former naval
support facility on New Orleans' West
Bank, hosted the cast and crew for five
days as mayhem ensued. While Stig
plays decoy on a tire-squealing chase
with the MPs, Bobby discovers more
than he bargained for in Quince's office
and must concoct a not-so-discrete,
three-alarm exit strategy.
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