Cast and crew from the upcoming crime drama “The Infiltrator,” starring Bryan Cranston, filmed at various locations throughout Tampa Bay last week. They started out on St. Pete Beach, at Loews Don CeSar, and ended up in Gulfport. The film’s higher-ups were evidently smitten enough with the “Gateway to the Gulf” to film the flick’s last scene here. It involved a group of six-year-olds from the Sunflower School and the little league field.
“We had them out there Saturday evening as extras,” said Lori Rosso, Gulfport Merchants Association president, of the Sunflower School tikes.
Rosso, thanks in part to a friend in Ybor City with ties to the film, was the primary reason for the Sunflower School’s involvement in the scene.
“I was on Facebook and noticed that there was a call for children, age 6, to be in a shoot in Gulfport,” she said. “So I contacted the company and the city and we got the Sunflower School to be featured.”
In addition to being featured, the Sunflower School received a donation from the film for the school’s, and its students’, efforts.
The $47.5 million movie is directed by Brad Furman and based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur, a Tampa Bay resident and former federal customs agent who helped bungle a money-laundering scheme which had ties to the infamous 1980s cocaine kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Cranston plays Mazur in the film.
“I didn’t get my picture with him,” said Ward Two Councilmember Christine Brown after seeing Cranston during Gulfport’s Infiltrator filming. “But the whole thing … was just incredible to watch.”