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Seagal Film Shooting Locally

Journal Staff Report
    A new Steven Seagal film, "Once Upon a Time in the Hood," will be shot in its entirety in and around Albuquerque.
    The film is about a CIA agent with a dark and violent past who seeks revenge for the gang-related murder of his son.
    "We're pleased to have this film coming to our state," Gov. Bill Richardson said in a news release.
    "Once Upon a Time in the Hood" began shooting Monday, and filming will continue through Dec. 22, primarily in the South Valley. Its producers, Hood to Hood Productions, expect to hire 75 crew members locally.
    "New Mexico is one of the best places in the world to shoot," co-producer Bill Steakley said. "The crews are great, and it's so central to everything."
    Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez, in the release, welcomed "Once's" producers with an apparent pun on one of Seagal's most popular movies.
    "It's hard to kill Albuquerque's enthusiasm for the film industry," he said.
    Besides 1990's "Hard to Kill," in which he played a cop who recovers from a coma to avenge a mob attack on his family, the ponytailed actor and martial arts enthusiast has appeared in a long list of action films, including "The Patriot," "Exit Wounds" and "Under Siege."