The Nassau County Supreme Court building in Mineola got a makeover this week as HBO Films turned the court building into the set of a new movie that will feature two icons in the industry: Al Pacino and Helen Mirren.
After an hour-long lunch break Tuesday afternoon, the cast and crew returned to set of Pacino’s film about music mogul Phil Spector, which is expected to be released next year. The film is about the relationship between Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, as he was on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. In June 2009, Spector was sent to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison after he was convicted of murdering Clarkson.
The Nassau County courthouse was transformed into a scene from downtown Los Angeles as palm trees sprouted up around the building. The crew replaced the New York State seal on the building with one that read: “The Great Seal of the State of California.”
And the hot, sunny August afternoon certainly made it feel like West Coast weather.
Surrounded by the crew of the film, and wearing a tan suit, was Pacino, whose presence ignited fans standing on the lawn to scream “Al!” as they attempted to grab his attention.
The “Godfather” actor proceeded to shoot a short scene outside the courthouse that lasted less than a minute. In the scene, Pacino was greeted by reporters before he walked into the courthouse as protesters held signs that read: “Justice for Lana.”
Parked along the street were police cruisers and TV news vans from Los Angeles, confusing those who thought “Fox” moved to channel 11.
A member of the crew said Tuesday was the last day of filming at the Supreme Court building.