"We even made a Colored entrance for some of the crew members. That didn't go over well."
Gary Sinise investigated a crime that was committed inside the Quality Cafe in an episode of CSI: NY, even though Los Angeles is a little outside a New York cop's jurisdiction:
Strange ... usually CSI is so firmly grounded in reality.
The Quality Cafe doesn't even function as a real diner anymore. It stopped serving meals in 2006, but it's been doing pretty well for itself as a film location over the past few decades, as demonstrated by this two-and-a-half-minute mashup video of different scenes shot there. For example, here's Hilary Swank taking some advice and/or exposition from Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby:
"Hey, how'd you like to be God? No? Guess it's time for Plan B, then ..."
Here's Morgan Freeman talking to Gwyneth Paltrow about Brad Pitt in Se7en:
He's a regular.
And here's Brad Pitt discussing some serious stuff with ... Vince Vaughn in Mr. and Mrs. Smith:
The really, really poor man's Morgan Freeman.
Meanwhile, here are Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch making fun of Steve Buscemi's face in Ghost World:
And here's Tom Hanks looking exasperated in the same booth in Catch Me if You Can:
Do they at least wash those mugs?
How about a bleached Nicolas Cage staring at a lady in Gone in 60 Seconds? Sure thing, we got that, too:
Screw washing. If Cage drinks here, they'd better use an autoclave.
And there's more. So now you know: If you ever get the feeling that all the diners used in Hollywood movies look the same, that's because they probably are.