What We Did Behind The Scenes: Blues Brothers 2000

Flashback! If you didn’t know, I was in the hit movie Blues Brothers 2000. Shout out to the great Toronto talent! I’m in the GREEN pants and tie…

Summertime Heat

Man, were those suits HOT. We’d be dripping after each take and would need to immediately stand in front of the air conditioner when they yelled “CUT!”. Didn’t help that we filmed in the middle of summer.

And check out those crazy church hats on the ladies… you better WORK girls!

Superstar Choreography

Barry Lather the choreographer (Janet Jackson, Usher, AMA’s) made sure to put us to work. A mix of hip hop, poppin’ and character work.

Barry is truly an awesome dude, I worked with numerous times at Canada’s Wonderland and in another movie. Barry, drop me a line! =D

“Sweet” Times Behind The Scenes

This church tent revival scene was set up at Showline Studios in Toronto, with Pastor James Brown. Starring John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd Mia Peeples, Joe Morton Aretha Franklin and tons more artists made it a crazy fun film to work on.

Behind the scenes, James Brown would tell us stories of Michael Jackson, and showed us “The Bicycle” which was the original Moonwalk 20 years BEFORE the King of Pop learned it from him. Friggin’ sweet.

When we weren’t shooting, we’d eat, laugh, socialize. And eat more. Lots of sweet snacks on movie sets. Yes we need that energy, but sometimes it isn’t such a good thing for the waistline!

John Landis (director, who also directed MJ’s Thriller) pays tribute to a similar scenein his original Blues Brothers. Fun times.

What you think?

– SB


Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

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