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Local filming of Hollywood production underway

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- If traffic came to a halt where you were driving the last few days, a Hollywood movie crew may be to blame.

Crews started filming the Cat Blanchett movie, "Carol," this week.  They were near New Richmond Friday, on US-27 in Alexandria Thursday and in Eden Park Wednesday.  It's amazing just how easily you can turn modern Cincinnati into a 1950's locale.

A.J.'s roadhouse is closed but it was buzzing Friday.  It's surrounded by movie trailers for makeup, wardrobe and offices for the crew of "Carol."  The locals, out for a walk in the park, didn't know they were so close to the stars.

"I thought it was either something to do with the new Racino or something do with ... I don't know ... I'm curious," on passerby said.

Using A.J.'s as a base camp, the crew was hard at work a few miles down US-52 in Pierce Township.  It looked like a combination of a road project and classic car show.  A small army of technicians, and drivers in period dress got ready to shoot a scene involving a car with  a flat tire.
   
In the movie, "Carol"  Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's characters make a road trip together.  They shut down about a mile of the highway to shoot.

Thursday, they closed down parts of US-27 in Alexandria to shoot a scene at the now-closed Spare Time Grill.  The period plates, glasses and accessories were still inside Friday afternoon.
   
Around the corner, barber Roger Windgassen was back at work after an impromptu day off.

"It was a zoo. There wasn't room for the barber yesterday. That's the reason the 'closed' sign went up yesterday.  They didn't like my 'closed' sign. It wasn't old enough," Windgassen said.
   
So the crew handmade him a new, old one.  He kept it as a souvenir.
   
Friday afternoon and this evening, A.J.'s roadhouse will play the part of a 1950's roadside motel, which it was. 

So in the next few weeks, if you see what you think are some hipsters hanging around, take a second look because it may be an extra in that fedora.

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