The King of Staten Island Has a Brooklyn Heights Connection

Unfortunately, it’s one that proved tragic. In an interview by Spectrum News NY1’s George Whipple with Saturday Night Live cast veteran Pete Davidson (photo), co-author and star of The King of Staten Island, along with co-author and director Judd Apatow and co-star Marisa Tomei, it’s described how the life of movie’s central character, Scott Carlin, played by Davidson, to an extent parallel’s Davidson’s own. Both had firefighter fathers who died when they were seven. Davidson’s father, also named Scott, was part of Ladder Company 118, based on Middagh Street. He was one of eight firefighters from the Middagh Street firehouse who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Another part in the movie is played by Steve Buscemi, a former firefighter and Brooklyn native who in 2011 gave a speech in front of the Middagh Street firehouse opposing then Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close Engine Company 205, which shares the firehouse with Ladder Company 118.

The King of Staten Island will be available for home viewing on demand starting tomorrow (Friday, June 12).

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  • Mary Kate

    It is a fantastic movie!