Lights … camera … Greenwich! Movie shoot transforms Hamilton Avenue

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Greenwich took a trip back to the 1970s earlier this week when Hamilton Avenue was tranformed into a movie set for an untitled film based on an Elmore Leonard novel. The day of shooting centered around an outside fight scene as actor John Hawkes, at left, struggles with another actor.— John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich took a trip back to the 1970s earlier this week when Hamilton Avenue was tranformed into a movie set for an untitled film based on an Elmore Leonard novel. The day of shooting centered around an outside fight scene as actor John Hawkes, at left, struggles with another actor.
— John Ferris Robben photo

It was pouring rain in the morning and there was evidence all over of the blizzard that rocked Greenwich over the weekend, but still a touch of Hollywood came to Hamilton Avenue this week.

On Monday, outdoor shots were filmed as part of a fight scene for a still untitled movie based on the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch. The movie is filming in Greenwich and Stamford throughout February, and Monday’s action on Hamilton Avenue right outside the Two Door Restaurant is so far the only exterior shots that are planned on town property. The shoot necessitated partially closing the section of Hamilton Avenue around the restaurant while filming was going on and the Greenwich Police Department was on hand to direct traffic.

The movie stars Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins. And while Ms. Aniston was not part of Monday’s filming, movie stars Louis Gara (better known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes were as they filmed the fight scene for the movie. Mr. Hawkes, an Academy Award nominee, had the brunt of the physical action as he struggled with another man for the movie, in which he and Mr. Gara kidnap Ms. Aniston’s character for ransom. However there’s one problem. Her rich husband, played by Mr. Robbins, doesn’t want her back.

Filming on Monday required making Greenwich look like 1970s Detroit, including the use of vintage cars and turning the Two Door into Willis’ Show Bar. The movie does not have a release date yet.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was on the scene, and more of his photos can be viewed Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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