A number of keen observers of MANHATTAN NIGHT have noticed a unique wire sculpture of an animal, head hidden behind Steven Berkoff in the the scene when Adrien Brody's character is first summoned to Hobbs' office. Some have pondered at the symbolism : Is Hobbs a sly fox hiding his head from the shame of his secret? For those who have listened to the Blu Ray/ DVD commentary have learned, it is a fox! The sculpture is a one of a kind by artist Mark Holme as part of his amazing Wild Wire series. Click on the fox to see more of the amazing collection.
Production designer Lisa Myers and I had fun designing the Hobbs office. When we knew we wanted a painting to go behind him, the image of the shark about to eat the man lost in the water sprung to mind from my childhood. That painting "Watson and The Shark" by John Singleton Copley, was part of Reader Digest book of paintings that fascinated/ scared me when I was around 6 or 7 years old. More on the painting by clicking below.
Lisa was able to get a high res digital copy from the National Museum of Art and print it on canvas for the set. Many artists work can be seen in this film, but wanted to shout these out in this scene. All part of the fun of making a movie.