I received an upsetting email from my cousin the other day. There was a fire on their ranch up in Northern California. Yes, that ranch; the ranch where we shot "Ranchero." Fortunately, no one was hurt. But the majestic hay barn, where Jesse works at the beginning of the film, is no more. So much for reshoots on that set. It's interesting. In the relatively short time since we wrapped production, several locations have been destroyed, built up, or drastically altered. The parking lot where Tom goes for his drug buy is now a strip mall. The apartment complex where Jesse visits Capone (there were actually two) has been torn down. And even the production lot, which served as several locations, is no longer in business.
As it does for it's stars, movies can immortalize buildings and locations. How can one watch a pre 2001 film shot in New York without seeing the towers and remembering. We all cherish our personal photos of loved ones and special places. But in some strange way, a movie that is released into the world allows others to experience that person and place and miss them along with you.