‘Winter’s Tale’ Transforms Prospect Park West into 19th Century Street
a few big-name actors—like Colin Farrell, William Hurt, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Brown Findlay— were decked out in 19th century garb. The men in bowler hats and waist coats and the women in bonnets and walking coats.
Your eyes were not deceiving you, all that was happening this week in Park Slope—taken over by cameras, trailers, actors and bright lights—was all because of the filming of “Winter’s Tale,” which is supposed to hit theaters late 2013, is based on Mark Helprin’s eponymous novel.
A production assistant on set at The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture said that they were shooting a few scenes this week in Park Slope, but also Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights and Manhattan.
One of the more exciting scenes was with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe. The PA said that Farrell, who plays an orphan and master-mechanic named Peter Lake, had his stunt double climb out of the Society for Ethical Culture’s window after robbing it. However, Crowe’s character was trying to kill Jessica Brown Findlay’s (from Downtown Abbey) character Beverly Penn, but Farrell swept in saved her, fighting off Crowe with a knife.