Photo-Bombing the Finale of “How to Make it in America”
How to Make it in America concluded its abrupt eight-episode second season on Sunday evening, capping nine months of Lower East Side attention from HBO. Of course, we didn’t realize this fact until the final scene, an after-hours party held on a “rooftop in Chinatown,” flashed across the screen. We were there.
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Production invited Boogie boys Elie and Dave to be extras on location at 90 Ludlow Street back in June. It was a late night for sure, clocking in at almost nine hours. Nine hours of filming edited down to two minutes on camera. We are happy to report, though, that Dave made the cut. The guy behind the guy, as it were.
Since Dave was talking to the smoking-hot blonde, we’ll let him describe the shoot from his perspective:
The weirdest part about shooting this scene was that we weren’t allowed to actually talk to each other during takes. So it took over half an hour to find out that I was silently chatting up a girl from Brooklyn who worked in an art gallery and doesn’t own a TV. Which meant that instead of taking 5 minutes for me to say something stupid like “Oh, let me guess. You live in Williamsburg and are an artist too,” I managed to have a lovely imaginary conversation with her in my head. Which was eventually followed by the Brooklyn joke and assured that I left this fake party without digits.