Snow came to South Norwalk n Tuesday morning, all part of a film shoot that left part of Washington Street blocked off for several hours. Norwalk police watched as actress Laura Linney bundled up for winter weather walked past Donovan's at about 7 a.m. A young man in a T-shirt drove by at just the right moment in a car with a paper Minnesota license plate on the back.
Though Linney's stroll took just 30 seconds, the street was closed for three hours. The crew from the Showtime series "The Big C" was filming an "establishing shot," according to assistant director Syndey Ng, who has family in Greenwich.
A Teamster who lives near Jefferson Elementary School had dumped the snow onto the sidewalk shortly after the street was closed at 6 a.m. It was part of turning South Norwalk into Minnesota, where the series is set.
"The Big C" is a comedy starring Linney as a woman whos been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Linney left shortly after strolling past Donovan's and the quilts hanging in the window next door, but the shoot wasn't over yet. Workers set about taking down the Christmas decorations and methodically breaking up the snow. A truck washed the street and sidewalk down with water, which the Teamster said was to represent melting snow. It took about 20 minutes to make the set ready, and there was no snow to be seen when the cameras rolled again.
This time, a young man walked up the street by himself. Ng served as an extra, walking the other way. At about 8 a.m. most of the film crew departed. The street was scheduled to stay closed through 9 a.m.
Ng said the series has previously shot in Greenwich and Stamford. "We'll be returning to Norwalk," she said, but when is "to be determined."
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