By Beth David, Editor
It’s no secret that the movie “Finestkind” has been filming in Fairhaven and New Bedford for weeks now. They seem to be on schedule, and that means they should be wrapping up this week in Fairhaven. They will still be in the area, though, with plans to close the Fairhaven-New Bedford swing bridge for filming on Saturday, 6/4.
The movie about two brothers (Ben Foster, Toby Wallace) who reunite as adults and work on a fishing boat out of New Bedford. Desperate circumstances force them to strike a deal with a Boston crime syndicate. A woman (Jenna Ortega) is caught in the middle. Tommy Lee Jones plays their father.
The movie was written by Academy Award winning writer Brian Helgeland, who is from Dartmouth and worked on a fishing boat in New Bedford when he was younger.
The project has been a passion of his for 20 years.
It will be released on Paramount+
Locations in Fairhaven include Rasputin’s, Moriarty’s, two private homes, Union Wharf, Fort Phoenix, and near 1 Main Street.
Residents have been getting a serious kick out of seeing the famous faces in town.
Barbara Despres, 89, got quite a thrill when she got to meet Tommy Lee Jones, who was filming in her neighborhood. Ms. Despres said she is a big fan so she wanted to meet him. The chance came when his truck stopped right near her house.
Encouraged by her neighbors, she got a little closer and said, “I love your movies,” Ms. Despres told the Neighb News this weekend at a chance meeting at Huttleston Marketplace.
Chris Wesoly pulled out a cell phone and taped the exchange, which is available on FUN 107.
“Happy to see you,” she told him.
“Happy to see you, too,” said Mr. Jones.
“I hope Fairhaven has been welcoming for you.”
“It certainly has,” he replied.
Ms. Despres said she does not know the “young guys,” but has been a Tommy Lee Jones fan for years.
Ms. Despres has a bit of celebrity of her own going on. She was a crossing guard for years at schools in Fairhaven, so everyone pretty much knows her. She also publishes poetry and paints.
“He should be bragging that he met her,” said Tori Tepe.
Meanwhile, on a different day in a different part of town, Jeff Cardoza, Commander at the VFW in Fairhaven, had his generosity repaid with a beer, courtesy of Ben Foster, one of the movie’s stars.
Mr. Cardoza allowed the crew to park a truck on the premises as the were filming at Moriarty’s.
Next thing he knew, Ben Foster was walking over with a six-pack of Budweiser. Mr. Foster said he appreciate veterans and just wanted to share a brew with Mr. Cardoza.
The Facetimed Mr. Cardoza’s son, Jeffrey Jr., talked about his son Aiden who is a left-handed pitcher at Bishop Stang that the scouts are looking at.
They had a real conversation about kids and sports, movies and more, said Mr. Cardoza.
He even did a little video pitching Mr. Cardoza’s contracting business, “Fynal Touch.”
Mr. Foster autographed one of the beer cans and Mr. Cardoza’s baseball cap.
It’s all on Mr. Cardoza’s Facebook page.
“Yes, he likes Fairhaven,” said Mr. Cardoza. “He’s such a nice guy.”
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