On Friday, the cast and crew of the movie “Marshall” finished their last day of filming in Buffalo. The movie tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
But before they left, the cast wanted to share how much they loved Buffalo.
Here are some of the things they say they will miss:
Mayor Byron W. Brown – As an expression of thanks for fostering a culture that encourages film production, director Reginald Hudlin gave Brown a little wooden gavel and a “Marshall” T-shirt.
Brown, in response, tried to get the cast to pledge to return and make more movies in Buffalo.
According to the mayor, the cast members are already “honorary Buffalonians.”
The architecture – Hudlin said that the main reason the film crew chose Buffalo was because of the city’s commitment to preserving historic buildings.
“(It was) the No. 1 pull for us to be here,” he said.
The people – The director said that he was amazed by how friendly everyone in Buffalo was. At one place the cast visited, the hosts even offered them warm bread.
“You’ve ruined it for every other place we go to, because you have warm bread,” he said with a laugh.
The food – Buffalo food was a common point of affection for the film crew, who loved the wings, beef on weck, Toutant’s fried chicken and Ashker’s juice.
But actor Josh Gad seemed to have a particular affinity for Buffalo’s delicacies.
“We’re here for five weeks, but because of your chicken wings, my character puts on an average of five pounds a day,” Gad joked.
The lack of traffic – Though the film crew commented on how much they wanted to share Buffalo with their friends and families, actress Kate Hudson said Buffalo’s density is perfect just as it is.
“You don’t want too much traffic, though, because the no-traffic thing is amazing,” she said.
The late restaurant hours – “I like that (restaurants stay) open to like 4 a.m.,” said actor Sterling K. Brown.
Brown said that despite living in Los Angeles, he’s not used to restaurants and bars being open so late.
“You kick it real hard,” Brown said of Buffalo natives.
The crew also enjoyed visiting Canalside and Niagara Falls, and pretty much everything else about Buffalo.
“Everybody loves Buffalo,” Hudson said. “Buffalove.”