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Peter M . Christopher, Residential & Commercial Inspections in (Fairfield County Home Inspection LLC)
A movie extra dressed in 1950s style clothing
uses a cell phone... FAIRFIELD - The morning tide has
erased the evidence that Leonardo DiCaprio's feet touched the sand
at Sasco Beach.
No matter to his scores of local fans; they have proof the
superstar was in their town Monday. DiCaprio's Fairfield visit,
including a romp on the beach with co-star Kate Winslet, dinner at
the Scandinavian Club and racing on foot through Southport center,
was captured for the silver screen by director Sam Mendes,
Fairfield is the latest location for the filming of
"Revolutionary Road," about a troubled Connecticut couple in the
1950s based on the book of the same title by Richard Yates. The
film crew has also shot scenes in Trumbull, Darien, Beacon Falls,
Norwalk, Stamford and Thomaston.
It is the first time that the Oscar-nominated actors have been
paired since their performance in the blockbuster hit
The Sasco Beach set was closed to the public during several
hours of afternoon shooting, but a crowd estimated by police at
more than 500, and possibly as many as 700, lined the intersection
of Pequot Avenue and Old Post Road for a glimpse of their favorite
Some of them stood in Southport center all day waiting for the
action to begin about dusk.
"We got here at 12:30 [p.m.]. We saw everything get set up. We
saw them cover the crosswalk and sprinkle paint on it to blend in
with the road. It shows how much work it takes and how many people
it takes even for a short scene," said Claudia Bernstei of
Fairfield, who came to the set with two friends.
The owners of Heatwave Tanning Studio closed for the day and the
whole staff hung out in Southport center from 9 a.m. Manager Toni
Meszoros, 28, of Stratford, said she would have been too distracted
to work knowing DiCaprio was close by.
Re-enacting a scene from the bow of the Titanic in the movie,
Jen Skiba, 20, of Fairfield, portraying Winslet's character Rose,
extended her arms out and threw her head back, while her friend Meg
Greco, 19, also of Fairfield, took DiCaprio's role as Jack,
securing her from behind.
Kelcy Jenkins, 18, of Bridgeport, had waited the longest for the
chance to meet her heartthrob. "Eleven years, six hours," she said,
referring to the first time she saw DiCaprio on screen in Baz
Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" and the amount of time she spent on
Pequot Avenue Monday. .
No such luck, but the crowd did watch as the star jumped from a
1950s-era brown-and-white Buick, race through the Spic & Span
Market parking lot and up Rose Hill Road.
After four short takes filming wrapped for the night.
During the filming, the large crowd cooperated with requests
from assistant director Joseph Reidy to refrain from screaming or
cheering when DiCaprio appeared on the set, to avoid using video
cameras and to disable the flash function on their still
"This is a scene that's very deeply emotional. When you see the
movie you're going to see what I mean. It's very powerful Let him
[DiCaprio] go through what he has to do. When we call a wrap,
that's the time to [cheer and applaud]," Reidy said.
Those who attempted to scream, tape or take flash photos were
reminded by Police Lt. Don Smith that cameras would be confiscated
and, if necessary, the crowd would be pushed back.
While most people were there for DiCaprio, a handful of people
said they were disappointed Winslet was not in the scene. .
Location manager Rob Streim said he was attracted to Southport
center because it already had a mid-20th century feel and little
had to be changed.
"It's perfectly stopped in time," Streim said. Many of the
storefronts' original signs were untouched. Only a handful of store
signs were changed, air conditioners were covered and a Fed Ex
deposit box was camouflaged with shrubbery. Spic & Span Market
got signs reflecting grocery prices from the era - a 12-ounce jar
of plum preserves for 25 cents, nine cans of green beans for $1,
two pounds of Marlene margarine for 49 cents.
The street was lined with 45 vintage vehicles, including a 1951
black Studebaker, 1955 Cadillac Coupe deVille, 1948 Plymouth,
yellow Ford Thunderbird, and Guy Hatfield's 1950s Plymouth Special
Deluxe wood-paneled station wagon.
"My mother bought it new. It's never been restored. I heard
about the film and drove it down myself. The prop person said it
was perfect and to park it in front of the pharmacy," said
Hatfield, of Stratford.
Streim said the town of Fairfield was very accommodating to the
film crew. "I found everyone totally respectful. They rolled out
the red carpet for us. I'd come back to Fairfield any day," he
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