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Feb 23rd
03:07 pm
Greatest Showman round up  

At the end of that night filming, a small issue developed on set...
more from NY Post and People:
The dramatic final scene of a new flick starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron turned a little too real when an inferno broke out on its Brooklyn set, witnesses and fire officials said Tuesday.

Jackman was among the roughly 150 people on the Brooklyn Navy Yard set as “The Greatest Showman’s’’ climatic staged fire spiraled out of control, sources said.

In a Hollywood-worthy twist, five retired firefighters working as extras sprang into action, attaching prop hoses fitted with antique-style nozzles to nearby hydrants to try to battle the blaze until roughly 100 real-life Bravest rushed to the rescue, according to an FDNY source.

“The fire was tremendous,’’ a source said of the 5 a.m. Sunday blaze. “They used too much accelerant, and the whole building burnt down.’’

No one was injured in the blaze, authorities said.

It was unclear if Efron was there at the time. A rep would say only, “He’s not hurt.”

“The Greatest Showman” is a musical biopic about P.T. Barnum, creator of the Barnum & Bailey circus.

[Spoiler (click to open)]In its final scene, which is being staged in a specially constructed building, Jackman, who plays Barnum, carries Efron, his assistant, from a burning house. The firemen extras then place him on a stretcher.

But something went wrong with the pyrotechnics Sunday, and six large lights, used to intensify the glow of the blaze, fell from the roof of the building, sparking a much bigger fire than expected, sources said.

Firefighters rushed to the set at Flushing Avenue and Navy Street but struggled to put the fire out because it had grown so huge, sources said.

“Fire was blowing out through the roof,” a fire source said. “It blew right through the roof and melted a lot of really large light fixtures on the top.”

A rep for movie studio 20th Century Fox told PEOPLE in a statement: “There was a small fire on the set of The Greatest Showman. The fire was quickly contained and no one was injured. The main cast had already wrapped when the fire occurred.”

The FDNY confirms to PEOPLE that it responded to a fire at the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after 5 a.m. on Sunday,

According to an extra (ie not verified but it lines up with the rest of the info), it happened at the very last take, after they had staged that scene at least 10 times successfully before and nobody has been in danger.

Social Media

Throwback to my latest set visit watching this guy get back to his song and dance roots. Absolutely incredible songs, cast, wardrobes and stages! Loved every minute!! #tbt #adventuresinsocialmedia

More casting

According to Deadline, Natasha Liu Bordizzo also joined the cast as Deng Yan, the leader of the acrobatic troupe.

Early press preview

FilmInk did a brief recap of footage they saw at a Fox preview for Australian press last month:
Directed by former FX bod, Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman is shaping up to be a big, sumptuous, period musical based – however loosely – on the life of high-end huckster, PT Barnum (Hugh Jackman). What we got was mainly rehearsal and behind the scenes footage, plus a few talking heads proclaiming how excited they are to be finally making this project. The music’s being handled by the La La Land duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Hall, so that should be something special, and the combination of a 19th century setting and the glamour and glitz of the sideshow should reap visual dividends. Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Fredric Lehne and Zendaya co-star, with the film scheduled for a Boxing Day 2017 release.

Awards chances

The Greatest Showman has also been included in Mic's early Oscar predictions for 2018 as potential nominee for the following categories:
Best Picture
The Greatest Showman
Best Actor
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Best Supporting Actor
Zac Efron, The Greatest Showman
Best Supporting Actress
Michelle Williams, The Greatest Showman

I (Bee) want to use this opportunity to comment on the movie's and Zac's awards chances in general as I've seen some people taking the article a bit too serious imo.  
First off, let me say that is great for the movie and Zac to be included in mic's early predictions. And the movie might get included in more early prediction lists - also good. Nothing bad about it at all. However, it also doesn't mean much (or anything really) — it's the equivalent of Baywatch being included in THR's 50 most anticipated movies for 2017.

The movie itself might get into the race but it's no slam dunk either. Premise, release date, other cast etc look good so far, however, the movie needs strong reviews across the board. I would say at least 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 80 on Metacritic; the reviews can't just be ok, they need a lot of them to be raves. Even the most established director and crew can't guarantee a good movie and Michael Gracey is a newbie director which is a big question mark. Plus, musicals are especially hard to pull off. And La La Land dominating and likely winning this year hurts The Greatest Showman's chances because it's unlikely for the Academy to reward a musical twice in a row. Oh, and the movie needs to be a box office hit as well. Unless it's a tiny indie, box office flops don't get Oscar nominations either.

Even if the movie is great and successful, it's still very hard for Zac himself to get awards recognition. And if the movie is mediocre all hope is basically lost for him personally. While Meryl Streep can get nominated in a mediocre movie, Zac can't because the Academy is very political and weirdly prejudiced against guys like him. So even if the film is great, he has many strikes against him.

Let's start with him being a pretty young male actor - unlike women where voters often rewards young ingénues, males actors usually get only recognized when they are older. And 'pretty boys' have it even harder — just look how long they made Leo wait. But most importantly, voters nominate actors who they feel have earned it; meaning the actor has delivered a string of respected and strong performances before and was preferably in good awards-type movies or had a nomination/win already. This is by far Zac's biggest obstacle right now. He hasn't done the right type of movies and roles to get proper consideration. Zac doesn't even have the benefit of a clean slate but has to work against his existing reputation. He also doesn't have a particularly strong narrative to get a nomination. Plus, there are other actors in Greatest Showman who are far more likely to get recognition: Hugh and Michelle for the most part. As a matter of fact they are one of the reasons why the movie is getting included into awards predictions. They are previous nominees and pundits think they have decent chances if the movie is good.
So, is it impossible for Zac to get awards traction? No. Anything is possible but it's not very likely, even if he's good. He would need to be undeniably compelling, have a comparably weak BSA field and campaign hard. If the movie is great and he is outstanding, he might get close to some smaller or critics awards (or if he had been a lead the comedy/musical category at the Globes might have worked) but the Oscars are likely still far in the distance for Zac.
However with a good performance he would make progress and lay the groundwork to be potentially recognized in the future, so it's all good. He just needs to keep getting better and esp. pick better roles and movies (ie less Dirty Grandpa, TAM, etc). For now we can look forward to The Greatest Showman and hope that the movie will be good and get into the race - that would be a great first step.
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cologne66: pic#126508027cologne66 on February 23rd, 2017 02:23 pm (UTC)

Nice words, on point, thank you!!!

Bee: Zac – CStC Premiere - grinningjeezbee on February 23rd, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
kleth on February 23rd, 2017 07:44 pm (UTC)
If you are going to burn down your set, right after the last scene is filmed is good timing. The insurance companies should be all over this one.
dewgdewg on February 23rd, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
“Extremely early” Oscar predictions is not a good thing, if you look at some in 2016 for Oscar 2017, they always predicted like 4 or 3 in 10, and it’s always like that

But said that, people in general have some "distaste" for Zac and I can’t see him standing out in a movie that probably will be released in the last minute, it’s weird, by what I saw, in general I think Zac is a better actor than Aaron Taylor Johnson, but I think it’s easier to Aaron to shine in a movie and get awards recognition (like he did with Nocturnal Animals)

Zac will be like Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher", don't matter how good he is, it's hard for him to be nominated in anything, hard to get out of the "stigma of the sub-actor"
Bee: Zac - WAYF Portraitjeezbee on February 23rd, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
I do think Zac can overcome the stigma but it's not going to happen overnight. He has to work for it by doing the right movies and roles - well, and giving good performances. But he will have to work harder than actors with a clean slate or more respected start. Eventually, voters will take him seriously but predicting him for Greatest Showman seems a bit premature imo.
Bee: Zac - People Sex - Flipped Collar 1jeezbee on February 23rd, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
I should probably add 2 more things... a) I'm talking about "real" awards, not publicity-driven ones like MTV, TCA, PCA, etc. And b) I've been following most notable awards pundits for a few years and I have never even heard of that specific writer and mic isn't really on the list of outlets people take particularly serious for awards predictions. Still nice to be included though.
Aliciapop86 on February 24th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
I don’t care about awards I just hope it lives up to its potential. It has a great supporting cast of theater actors, singing and dancers. I hope it delivers.
Beejeezbee on February 24th, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on hoping the movie comes together. This is always my highest priority. Awards are an afterthought but admittedly would be nice (not only for Zac but they also help with his perception).

Edited at 2017-02-24 07:58 pm (UTC)