A headline in Tuesday's editions of The Washington Post incorectly implied that D.C. police officers or the D.C. police force might have profited from $2,000 presented to Police Chief Maurice J.Culliane by the production company of the forthcoming movie "F.I.S.T." The money is being donated to the building fund of the police boys' club.
Over the weekend, D.C. Police sealed off streets to the Capitol, closed parts of the 14th Street Bridge and re-routed cars around a traffic jam in front of the White House.
But it wasn't protest demonstrations that brought the cops out. This time, it was the filming of the movie "F.I.S.T.," a labor union story starring Sylvester Stallone of "Rocky" fame.
And instead of hundreds of helmeted officers used to control political demonstrations, a grand total of six officers turned out to provide traffic cantrol and security for the on-location filming.
Yesterday, Stallone, accompanied by a crew of film production assistants, came to D.C. Police headquarters and presented Chief Maurice J. Cullinane a check for $2,000, courtesy of Huron Productions, Inc., as a token of thanks.
Many movies are made in Washington, and their producers often give nominal sums of money to the Police Department as both a public relations gimmick and a gesture of thanks.
"But you have to say (Huron's $2,000 is very generous," said Cullinane yesterday after extensive picture-taking ceremonies with Stallone in Cullinane's office.
Cullinane said the money, which is designated for the Metropolitan Police Boys Club, will probably go to the club's current $5 million building drive.
Stallone, looking slightly bewildered as photographers snapped picture after picture of himself and Cullinane, muttered to the chief, "I don't know what they do with 'em all."
The ceremonies capped three days of on-location filming for "F.I.S.T." involving the use of 1950s-vintage trucks and cars and hundreds of "extras" dressed in the styles lof 20 years ago.
Police closed off the center span of the 14th Street Bridge for three hours Friday (after the morning rush hour) so film crews could shoot a cavalcade of about 40 trucks rumbling into Washington. The trucks, so the story goes, carried men coming to support Johnny Kovak (Stallone), leader of the Federation of Interstate Truckers (FIST) union, in testimony before a Senate investigations committee.
Later scenes included a traffic jam in front of the White House, Stallone going into the Russell Senate Office Building and FIST headquarters (444 North Capitol St.) and convergence of the trucks at the Capitol.
Police from the special events branch of the special operations division, headed by Capt. Joseph E. Mazur, closed surrounding streets and shepherded the convoy of trucks from the 14th Street Bridge to the Capitol.
"The captain was very helpful in suggesting places to film," said "F.I.S.T." location manager Stuart Neumann yesterday. "We wanted to have scenes of Washington that were familiar and recognizable but at the same time did not have any modern signs and buildings in it after about 1957 . . . We actually had to put a few fake (street) signs up to replace newer ones along the truck route,"
For his part, Mazur said, the task was a matter of balancing the needs of the film makers with the inconveience to the city.
"He (Neumann) came over wanting to close off North Capitol Street at 4 p.m. on Friday, for example. "Now how you going to do that?"
Generally speaking, though, said Mazur, most of the film makers' requests were granted.
Despite their effort at authenticity, the film crews shot the incoming convoy of 1950s-era trucks on the 14th Street Bridge center span which was not completed until the late 1960s.
Again, the arrangement was a compromise. The film crew was able to keep the vintage vehicles visully isolated on the center span while police limited normal traffic to the two parallel spans of the bridge.