A new Fox television series “Prison Break,” is filming key scenes in the Joliet Correctional Center cell in Illinois briefly occupied by serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the Chicago Tribune reports. The actors on “Prison Break,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Monday, say filming at Joliet has been an invaluable aid to their performances. Walking around the 147-year-old prison complex, which has been occupied by several Hollywood productions since it stopped housing prisoners three years ago, it’s impossible not to feel the vibe left behind by thousands of convicts, says the Tribune.
“Prison Break” is the latest project on the prison’s impressive Hollywood resume (the complex earlier had cameo roles in “Natural Born Killers” and “The Blues Brothers”). In the last 18 months, Joliet has hosted film crews from the features “You Are Going to Prison” and the Jennifer Aniston-Clive Owen vehicle “Derailed,” as well as the “Prison Break” pilot. “Prison Break” is an adventure story, in this case the tale of a structural engineer who holds up a bank and gets himself sent to the fictional Fox River Penitentiary in order to spring his brother, a convict on Death Row.