Edward Norton was among the mourners at a weekend wake for the New York City firefighter who died in a huge blaze on the set of the actor/director’s new movie.
Michael Davidson was killed as he and his crew battled the fire in Harlem on Thursday (22Mar18), when flames erupted in a basement one floor below the St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, where Norton had been filming Motherless Brooklyn, starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, and Alec Baldwin.
The Fight Club star heaped praise on Davidson and his fellow crewmembers for their bravery in a sombre post on Instagram on Saturday (24Mar18), and on Sunday (25Mar18), Norton paid his respects to the fallen firefighter’s family at his wake in Long Island.
According to reports, the 48-year-old was escorted to the front of the long line of mourners to share his sorrow with Davidson’s friends and family.
His funeral is set to take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on Tuesday (27Mar18).
In his Instagram tribute, Norton, who is directing Motherless Brooklyn, expressed his awe at the firefighters for risking their lives to save others.
“I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery,” he wrote. “I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family.”
Norton has since also encouraged fans to consider donating to a scholarship fund set up by officials at the New York City Fire Department for Davidson’s four kids.