Special Ronnie Marcum merchandise was custom made for the scenes shot in the Marcum Institute, including coffee cups, cardboard cut-outs, and more. Everyone's favorite item, though, was the Ronnie Marcum bobblehead. Serinda Swan (Erica Reed), Jimmi Simpson (Lloyd Lowery) and Domenick Lombardozzi (Ray Zancanelli) were such huge fans of the bobblehead, the crew had extras made to give to them as gifts. Of course Omari Hardwick, Ronnie Marcum himself, got a bobblehead as well.
When the Breakout Kings arrive at the apartment of Mo Blakely, Marcum's first victim, they speak to a local cop played by Michael Marcasciano. Mike is Domenick Lombardozzi's best friend from childhood, and works as Dom's assistant on the show. This was Mike's acting debut, and playing opposite his old buddy was a real challenge. For the remainder of shooting, the crew would refer to Mike by his character name, Local Cop, to stir the pot and get a reaction. Mike loved it.
During the shooting of this episode, the Occupy Movement was in full force in New York and around the world. Baton Rouge protesters learned of a Breakout Kings shoot in Spanish Town, and, hoping it would get them more exposure, set up camp across the street from set one day.
Even though Omari Hardwick (bad guy Ronnie Marcum) has played tough guys in action films like The A-Team and Kick Ass, he's not just about fisticuffs and explosions. He's also a poet. He placed in the top five in the 2003 and 2004 National Poetry Slam Competitions. Check out some of his work at his official site.
Michael Reilly Burke, who plays Ronnie Marcum's unwilling accomplice, has played characters on three different Star Trek series (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise) and all three CSIs. That could be a record.
Production notes courtesy of Mike Fischer, Vanessa Hickey, and Andrew Shepherd.