In honor of its 40th anniversary, here are a dozen facts about Snake Plissken and his mission into the world’s largest prison: New York City. When we first meet Snake Plissken (Russell), he’s already a notorious prisoner and former war hero being given a shot at freedom. John Carpenter hired a pro wrestler to fight Kurt Russell in Escape From New York. One shot in Escape From New York was filmed in John Carpenter's garage. It took 15 years, but Carpenter and Russell eventually returned to the world of Snake Plissken with 1996’s Escape From L.A.