Joe's wife and daughter were in town, and the four of them were grabbing a bite to eat on the upstairs patio of the Black Pig, on W. 25th street.
Be sure to check out the June 13th issue of Scene for our full interview, but for now, here's Joe Russo on the subject of Cleveland traffic and regional branding:
We couldn't be more apologetic for the traffic issue. We feel horrible about that. At the end of the day, we're sons of Cleveland. We write movies that are love letters to the city. Welcome to Collinwood was our self-effacing love letter to Cleveland. And we've been fighting really hard to bring film production work here over the years because the film business is a recession-proof industry. It works all the time. People always need entertainment.
Cleveland is really fortunate to have another recession-proof industry, health care, but it doesn't hurt for a town to be as multifaceted economically as it can...
You look at the set photos going out every day from the shoot, going all over the world, and they all say Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland. It's branding. With a big movie shooting here, you associate things that you like or think are cool with Cleveland. We think it's invaluable, but obviously we're biased.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.