Amid the boosterish rush of the just-wrapped Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro was talking admiringly about … Connecticut?
Turns out the inveterate Gothamite has been helicoptering back and forth between the city and Bridgeport to shoot “What Just Happened?,” on which he is both producer and star.
So, what did just happen? Wasn’t it De Niro who trumpeted all things Gotham in those black-and-white American Express ads, calling N.Y. “my oldest friend” and “my first love”?
Did Connecticut somehow steal De Niro’s affections? Not quite.
For one thing, much of the pic’s action takes place in L.A. In the book, author Art Linson spills plenty about Fox, where he had his deal when he produced “Fight Club” and De Niro starrer “Great Expectations.”
“We did shoot in L.A. but now we’re back here in Connecticut,” De Niro told Variety.
And given that De Niro and company didn’t need iconic cityscapes a la “Spider-Man 3” and wanted to hold to their budget, shooting in the Nutmeg state somehow made perfect sense.
“They have very significant tax breaks there, and we were mostly doing interiors,” De Niro says.
It’s true. State lawmakers last summer approved a 30% production tax credit, one of the biggest in the nation and certainly bigger than New York’s.