HBO Picks State Education Building for Movie Shoot


It’s a neat scene outside the north entrance of the state Capitol today, where HBO is shooting scenes from a new movie on boxing legend Muhammed Ali.

More than a dozen cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s line a shuttered block of Washington Avenue between the Capitol and state Education Building in Albany, while the film crew has erected a giant green screen for a scene on the latter building’s steps.

The film — “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight” — is centered on Ali’s battle with the federal government after he refused to fight in the Vietnam War.

Christopher Plummer, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actor earlier this year for his role in “Beginners,” is in town for the shoot. He plays Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan, according to IMDB. The film also stars Benjamin Walker and Danny Glover.

The film takes place in Washington D.C., which the green screens will apparently help replicate.


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