Bar Fight at the Phoenix, Caught On Film

phoenixSamantha Balaban

The film crew spotted outside Mary Help of Christians church last Thursday was working on a comedy called “Growing Up (And Other Lies).” Katie Mustard, an East Village resident who is producing the flick, told The Local the crew was using the church as a holding area while shooting at the Phoenix on 13th Street. She said the comedy was “about four guys who walk from the top of Manhattan to the bottom in one day to relive an event they did in their 20s and they’re now in their early 30s, and they’re trying to do this greatest walk of all time.”

The guys are played by actors Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Wyatt Cenac and one of the film’s directors, Danny Jacobs. The film also stars Lauren Miller and former East Villager Amber Tamblyn.

The actors were surprised to discover that the Phoenix, where they were filming a fight scene, was a gay bar. “We almost thought our location manager was playing a joke by booking a gay bar,” said Ms. Mustard. “The scene is not a gay bar scene. The guys are very heterosexual, and it just added amusement to filming that scene.”