‘Chicago Fire’ Star Joe Minoso Was Surprised One Intense Scene Ended Up Being ‘Fun’

by Quentin Blount

Filming an underwater dive rescue just seems nerve-wracking, doesn’t it? Chicago Fire star Joe Minoso had the opportunity to do just that and he thought it was fun.

Joe Minoso has been starring in Chicago Fire since 2012. But he has also made appearances in a number of other popular shows over the years as well. Some of those include shows like Prison Break, The Beast, Shameless, The Chicago Code, Boss, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med.

With all of that experience, you can probably imagine that Minoso has had to film his fair share of intense scenes. But perhaps none of them come quite as close to the intensity that filming an underwater dive rescue entails. He explained as much in an interview with Tell Tale TV back in September.

“I have a large amount of respect for open waters,” Minoso told the outlet. “And I was like, oh this does not sound fun — at all.”

As you may expect, Minoso was a little worried at first that he might feel claustrophobic. But that was nothing that a bunch of training couldn’t help him prepare for.

“We ended up doing a lot of training,” he said. “We basically got scuba certified before we ever started working on the episode.”

‘Chicago Fire’ Star Calls the Experience ‘Amazing’ and ‘Fun’

Filming an underwater dive rescue scene is obviously quite an undertaking. As we mentioned above, Joe Minoso explained how he and the rest of the cast and crew involved in filming the scene trained for a long time to make sure they got everything right. Thanks to all of their hard work beforehand, they were able to make an intense and downright dangerous scene turn into the memory of a lifetime.

“It ended up being one of the most amazing, fun experiences ever,” Minoso continued. “It was unbelievable. I mean, the production that we went through to film this thing.”

The Chicago Fire star also went into detail about how he and the rest of the cast and crew pulled off the incredible scene. He says they filmed at multiple locations and also brought in one of the best underwater camera operators. If you can’t tell by now, they pulled out all the stops to make sure this scene was as realistic as possible. At the same time, however, they wanted to make sure their actors were safe as well.

“There was this huge tank. We had to film on like three different locations. We brought in one of the most renowned camera operators for underwater television — filming at all. He was phenomenal to work with.”

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