Ever since filming for the Spike TV Movie “The Kill Point” began in downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square, the news has been reporting on all of the negative effects it has had on the community.

First, there came reports that businesses were suffering because customers were not allowed past the road blocks that the filmmakers put up to close off the set. Even restaurants that were a few steps past the barrier were inaccessible, even though the film was being shot a few blocks down the street. This was upsetting for business owners who were unable to meet their payrolls. Then, on Tuesday, a local woman from Wilkinsburg who was hired as an extra in the film, left the set in her police costume. It was reported that 47-year-old Kimberly Chapman then went to the Allegheny County Courthouse to try to free her son who was being held on a gun charge. When her authority was questioned by a legitimate officer, she confessed that she wasn’t a real police officer. She was charged with two misdemeanors including impersonating a public servant and theft in taking the uniform off the set.

Pittsburgh is no stranger to Hollywood so it seems odd that problems would arise on this particular project. Some of the films on Pittsburgh’s resume includes George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Flashdance,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “King Pin,” “Dogma,” “Wonder Boys,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Rock Star,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” and “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” where Sienna Miller made her infamously harsh comments about the city. Other than that, however, a film production has not had such negative exposure like this one.

Despite these problems, Pittsburghers will have to get used to the chaos that comes with a Hollywood shoot as the series will be filming entirely in Pittsburgh, despite being set in Manhattan. The show focuses on a group of American Iraq war veterans who stage a bank heist Downtown which turns into a hostage negotiation. ER’s John Leguizamo plays the heist leader and The Sixth Sense’s Donnie Wahlberg plays the hostage negotiator. Wahlberg and his team take over a coffee shop in Market Square for their command center, and snipers look down on the bank from PPG Place. Locals make up about 70% of the production crews, and the production plans to bring in about $18 million for the county’s economy after it wraps up in June. The series will be about eight hours in length set to air July 22 with a two-hour premiere.

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