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"D.C. 9/11: Time of Crisis"
Starring Timothy Bottoms as George W.Bush
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"D.C. 9/11: Time of Crisis" had an original working title of "The Big Dance" , and the Ground Zero scene featured in most of the pictures above, was shot at an aggregate company in Toronto, where huge piles of stones were "dressed" to look like the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Centre buildings.
The scene is where George W.Bush, using a megaphone, addresses the crowd of people who are there to help (police, fire fighters, EMS etc.) and a picture of Bush and firefighter Bob Beckwith appeared on the front cover of "Time" magazine. (See below)
This scene, using over 100 background performers, was mixed with actual newsreel shots taken in 2001. On the left is a picture of the DVD artwork for the movie when it was issued. The movie was never shown on TV in Canada, as far as I know, and the DVD has to be imported from the States.
As this movie was all about George W.Bush there were various actors around playing the faces of familiar politicians. I met Penny Johnson Jerald who was playing the role of Condoleezza Rice .
For followers of the TV series "24" with Kiefer Sutherland, Penny would be remembered as Sherry Palmer wife of President Palmer played by Dennis Haysbert. The gentleman on my right is Graydon, Penny's husband and a musician. I entertained them and a couple of crew members after lunch with a little close-up magic, and this picture was taken by a crew member as a souvenir of our magic get-together!
This picture is of George W.Bush and the retired N.Y. firefighter Bob Beckwith taken at Ground Zero, September 14th 2001. If you check the photographs above, you will note that many of them show a clear blue sky behind the pile of rubble. This acted like a "blue screen" which enabled the special effects people to insert a background of New York behind the rubble.
Here, George W.Bush is addressing the assembled multitude with the bullhorn - one of the many shots captured in the movie. Just for the record, although Bob Beckwith is featured in Ground Zero shots in the movie, he is referred to in the credits as The Fireman on the mound. Here are some more pictures of Mr.Beckwith.
From the left:
Bob Beckwith with trophy
Beckwith, Bush and Pataki
Front cover of Sept 17th 2001 Time Magazine