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August 15, 2013

Film crews will arrive in Salisbury Sept. 3

Plans call for Denzel Washington to be at shooting

SALISBURY — Scheduling details have changed concerning the town’s role in the Denzel Washington film “The Equalizer,” but Salisbury Beach Center will have a cameo in the movie.

Mark Fitzgerald briefed selectmen recently, giving them an update on the date and time when the Columbia Pictures’ movie will shoot a scene in town. According to Fitzgerald, the date has been changed to Sept. 3.

Selectman Freeman Condon expressed concern for local businesses, since it will coincide with the Labor Day holiday and the last big tourist weekend of the summer, but Fitzgerald said that they are OK with the change. A number have agreed to open early to accommodate the filming, Fitzgerald said, and some movie extras will be seen going in and out of local stores.

Fitzgerald is working closely with town officials, including Public Works director Donald Levesque and police Chief Tom Fowler on the schedule, in hopes of minimizing any disruption from the huge endeavor.

Fowler said Fitzgerald, who’s spent months working on the project, was told last week that the timing of the Salisbury shoot had changed. According to Fowler, the current schedule will have crews building the movie set on Broadway beginning at midnight Tuesday, Sept. 3, which includes constructing a Ferris wheel.

Shooting will take place starting Tuesday morning and will run all day until about 9 p.m., Fowler said, and crews will be back Wednesday morning to remove all traces of the set. Fowler added that Fitzgerald promised that by Thursday, everything will be back to normal.

The movie company will pay the town for any expenses incurred while here, including salary costs for town personnel, such as officers who will control traffic and the crowd on the days involved. Space in the municipal parking lot, where movie equipment will be located, will be paid for by the company as well, Fowler said.

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