Norwood experienced a taste of Hollywood yesterday when filming for an upcoming movie starring Mark Wahlberg closed down parts of Albemarle Road. Filming will continue on today.
Norwood Police officers were re-directing traffic while Albemarle Road was closed between Harrow and Devon roads.
The movie named “Ted” is a live action comedy and is starring Walhberg, a Massachusetts native. It’s about a man and his teddy bear that comes to life as a result of a childhood wish, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) webpage about the film. The film is directed by Seth MacFarlane and also stars Mila Kunis and Adam Scott, according to IMDB.
Debbie Spingarn, who lives on Albemarle Road, said that she received a flyer on Thursday that notified her of the shoot. Filming is taking place outside 129 Albemarle Road, which is up for sale and unoccupied, according to the flyer.
“I thought it was pretty neat,” said Spingarn, who said she walked down the street to watch the filming. “It’s movie filming and so it’s slow…but it’s different for around here.”
People were gathered around the intersection at Malvern and Yarmouth roads to watch the action throughout the day.
The flyer that the film crew sent out said that Wahlberg wouldn’t be on set for the shoot.
Spingarn said she saw vehicles that were 1980’s models. She said they are filming a snowball fight scene that occurs when the main character is 8-years old.
The houses where the filming was taking place were decorated with Christmas decorations and lights. 129 Albemarle Road had a green bow draped on the front door.
The name of the street in the movie will be "Hamilton Rd," according to a sign that was part of the set.
Town Manager John Carroll said that the film crew didn’t think they would have to close Albemarle Road, but during filming on Tuesday morning they decided they needed to.
“It’s a police detail,” said Carroll. “The police are out and are taking care of it.”
Carroll said that he hasn’t received any complaints due to the road closure.
Trucks full of equipment lined Yarmouth Road, which runs parallel to Albemarle Road.
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