Brad Furman, the director, believed very strongly in using Los Angeles locations that he liked in particular. He was really easy to work with. He had asked, ‘Do you mind if we call it The York in the movie?’ and of course I didn’t have a problem with that at all, especially because it wasn’t where Ryan Phillipe’s character was going to pick up hookers … I admit, it was awesome to see the sign for The York in an establishing shot.
Ballinger is not sure if his bar’s debut on the big screen will draw in more customers but the exposure can’t hurt. The only regret Ballinger has about his bar’s Hollywood experience is the jaywalking ticket Furman, the director, received on York Boulevard.
“I told him that’s how the mean streets of Highland Park are – can’t just be jaywalking around!”