Developer cashed a check up to $50,000 for one day of filming at 5446 North Bay Road
5446 North Bay Road (Inset: Jonah Hill playing Efraim Diveroli, left, and Miles Teller playing David Packouz)
“War Dogs” is a film based on a Miami Beach story too strange to be fiction: a pair of young, upstart stoners hustle their way from peddling guns and ammo to landing a $300 million arms dealing contract for the United States government.
Along the way, director Todd Phillips leaned heavily on what some would argue are Miami’s best assets: glimmering ocean views, towering palm trees, and ultra-flashy real estate — including a waterfront spec manse built by Todd Glaser.
At the beginning of the film, our unlikely protagonist David Packouz (played by Miles Teller) is working a dead-end job as a massage therapist in Miami Beach, lamenting his life of oiling up rich people’s backs to make rent.
One such scene plays out in the outdoor spa of an all-white mega mansion facing Biscayne Bay. Packouz is there to massage Gary, another of his wealthy clients, who “accidentally” drops his towel mid-session.
County film permits pulled by The Real Deal reveal the locale to be none other than spec developer Glaser’s ultra-modern project at 5446 North Bay Road, which is currently listed at $29 million.
Kim and Todd Glaser