IN THE SPOTLIGHT HIALEAH COPS GET LEAD IN POLICE COMEDY.
Miami Herald, The (FL) - March 7, 1985
Author: MORRIS PANNER Herald Staff Writer
Hollywood has come to the Hialeah Police Department, and Chief C.B. Seay has won a gold star.
Columbia Pictures is producing a police comedy film and the production company is using the Hialeah department for the film.
"I don't really like it much," said Seay, who was relaxing in his office after a scene in which he had been fired by the evil and corrupt police commissioner. "And, if you'll excuse me, I have to go catch up on a script."
The film, which has a working title of Policemen of Eighth Street, takes place in a small, but unnamed city in South Florida.
Two local companies, El Pico and Trans-Cinema, are filming in Hialeah week. For the first half of the week, the company filmed in the police offices at City Hall. Today and Friday, the crew will move to the North Station on Le Jeune Road.
Seay, who had to take several days off to shoot the film, said that six films had been done in Hialeah before, and he acted in one film about 12 years ago.
"Even though I'm off, I still have to keep up with things at the department, so this has been a busy time," Seay said.
Film company official Josi Konski said the chief was a natural at his job.
"He has a very important role," Konski said. "The part is just him. We couldn't find an actor that is as good at being chief, as the chief is at being chief.
"He has a good, strong face and he doesn't over act." Although Seay is the only police officer with a speaking part, dozens of other officers are acting as extras for $50 a day. Seay would not say what he is being paid. Lt. Lowell Coffin, who has been in charge of recruiting the extras and is an extra
himself, said he has had no trouble getting volunteers.
"We put out a memo," Coffin said. "And people seem pretty interested."
The film makers said there is no guarantee the extras will end up in the movie because much more film is shot than actually used.
Seay, however, has a "critical part," and will definitely be a part of the film, Konski said.
The movie, which will cost about $7 or 8 million to produce, will be released either in the summer or Christmas season of 1986.
Max Wolkoff, executive producer, said the movie will be released primarily in Europe and Japan, and that the stars of the film, Terence Hill and BudSpencer , are big names in Europe.
"Kind of like Clint Eastwood over here," Wolkoff said.
Wolkoff said the movie is being produced in English, but that it will be dubbed in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese.
"There will be a lot of action and fighting in this film," Wolkoff said. "But no one bleeds and no one dies. This is a comedy."