Q&A with Denis Leary
Q: The firefighting scenes in Rescue Me seem very grueling. What's it like dealing with the chaos on set?
A: It's the closest you can get to being in a real fire and not being in it. And obviously for us as fake firefighters we feel unappreciated because if we don't put out these fake fires, then I don't know who does. ... We have real firefighters who work with us on the set. Our technical adviser is Terry Quinn, who is an old old friend of mine who is still a working New York City firefighter. And we have a really fantastic special effects team who do the live smoke and flames for us. So we feel incredibly safe. And when we need to feel scared, believe me there's enough smoke and flame to make that happen.