‘Blue Bloods’: Why Tom Selleck Says Filming at the 9/11 Memorial Was ‘Special’

by Katie Maloney
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After eleven seasons on “Blue Bloods,” actor Tom Selleck said there’s one “proud” moment that stands out.

Actor Tom Selleck has spent more than a decade portraying Frank Reagan on “Blue Bloods.” As the New York Police Commissioner and his family’s patriarch, Frank has a lot on his shoulders. Nevertheless, he’s always shown viewers how to navigate work and family with grace and tenacity. In conclusion, Tom Selleck has a lot to be proud of in regards to his character’s portrayal on the show. However, the moment that he’s most proud of has nothing to do with his acting talents.

“Blue Bloods” shared a video clip on social media last year in which Selleck shares the moment he’s most proud of from the show.

“I don’t really have a favorite episode. I’m so fond of so many and in that sense, we’re blessed,” said Selleck. “But what was special for me was being able to film at the 9/11 memorial. We were the first film company to be able to do that. It was a very important show, a very emotional show for Frank. I’m very proud of that. But I’m proud of all that we do.”

Along with the clip, “Blue Bloods” wrote, ” Which #BlueBloods episode is Tom Selleck’s favorite? While he is very fond of many, there is one special episode that makes him proud!”

Do You Remember ‘Blue Bloods’ 9/11 Memorial Episode?

The 12th episode of season two of “Blue Bloods ” was unique in a couple of ways. First, the episode didn’t simply portray the terror attacks of 9/11 like many shows had previously done. Instead, “Blue Bloods,” dealt with the aftermath of the attack.

Furthermore, they highlighted the fact that the aftermath of the attacks was still affecting people years after the incident. During the episode, Frank attends a funeral for his old partner who died of a 9/11 related illness. The two were some of the first responders on the scene after the attacks. His partner contracted an illness related to the incident and passed away months later.

This is something many officers and responders, and their families, are dealt with. But not many shows were willing to tackle the topic. The fact that “Blue Bloods” openly portrayed these real-life experiences was a big deal.

The episode was also unique in that it was the first show to film at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. During the episode, Frank speaks with his psychologist, Leon Goodwin, about feeling guilty that he survived and his friend (and so many others) died. Frank then visits the 9/11 Memorial to pay respects to all those who passed.

The “Blue Bloods” post is a timely reminder to honor all those who have passed while serving this country.