Keanu Reeves during production of "Henry's Crime" in downtown Buffalo
BUFFALO, NY - Production for Keanu Reeves' new movie "Henry's Crime" moved to Downtown Buffalo Wednesday.
Production of the film took over the area at the corner of Main and Huron, right in front of the old Buffalo Savings Bank, which provided the backdrop for what are described as "crucial" scenes in the movie.
Many downtown office workers wandered to the set and were suprised at how close they could get.
"We watched it out of the office window and saw that people were down here, and you could get really close," Christi Dittly said. "So we decided to come down and check it out."
Those fans, along with the cast and crew, braved wind chills in the single digits.
"It's freezing," Erin Darnley said. "It hurts, but it's Buffalo. That's what we're known for."
2 On Your Side got a bird's eye view looking down at the filming, which shows the actual gun-toting robbers going into the bank and then running out.
Keanu Reeves himself was on hand but spent most of the day inside a car. It's suspected Reeves is an unsuspecting getaway driver, because the movie synopsis describes him as a "wrongly accused" bank robber.
Because of the filming Thursday, the NFTA will again close part of the train service from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. between the Church Street Station and the Fountain Plaza Station. Shuttle Bus service will be provided between Main at Church/Church Street Station and Main at Chippewa/Fountain Plaza Station.
An NFTA Spokesperson said commuters should expect delays, but the NFTA wanted to work in the best interest of the city and customers.
"The filming of 'Henry's Crime' is significant economic impact for our community, and we certainly wanted to do what we could to make sure the filming could happen here," said Doug Hartmayer.
One Western New Yorker is using the film to get his foot in the door. Nich Cocchetto, who has been very active in local theatre and just graduated from Niagara University, was hired to work as a stand-in for Keanu Reeves during production of the movie.
Filming in the Buffalo area should wrap up late this week.
"Henry's Crime" is scheduled to hit theaters sometime next year.