The Firefighters Of ‘Staten Island’ Were A Revelation To Judd Apatow

(from left) Scott Carlin (Pete Davidson) and Papa (Steve Buscemi) in The King of Staten Island, directed by Judd Apatow.

In real life, comedian Pete Davidson’s father was a firefighter who was killed on 9/11. And since The King of Staten Island is based on his life, Davidson’s character has a firefighter father who dies in a tragic work accident. Eventually, the character returns to his father’s old firehouse and starts to work odd jobs there, getting to know his father through stories from the men who worked with him. The movie’s director and co-writer, Judd Apatow, told us that shooting scenes at a real firehouse — with real firemen there as background — was an interesting, enlightening experience that has him looking at the job much differently. (Click on the media bar below to hear Judd Apatow)

The King of Staten Island is now available for streaming rentals on most digital platforms.

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