"I would look at these guys and they'd have to uphold the law and they had no lethal weapons or anything like that. They didn't have the skill or training that police did. I always felt bad for them in a way. They kind of got abused a lot I saw, so I kind of wanted to be a hero for them." Actor Kevin James based his Paul Blart character on real-life mall security guards in his native Long Island, New York.