Stonington Local Shares His ‘Great Hope Springs’ Experience

John Dreslin Sat Right Behind Meryl Streep In The Nor’easter Diner Scene

For Stonington’s John Dreslin getting up at the “ungodly hour” of 7:30 a.m., to be an extra in Great Hope Springs was a challenge. Still he got to sit behind Meryl Streep facing the camera in one of the scenes shot inside .

On Tuesday, October 4, Dreslin was one of the diners in N for the movie.

In the scene, Dreslin sat right behind , facing the camera while eating a lobster salad, which he said was very good.

“I hope that shot makes it into the final cut, but I doubt it,” Dreslin said.

Earlier in the day, cast as a “sad man,” Dreslin filmed a scene outside of with about 30 other extras.

“We did the same take about a dozen times,” Dreslin said. “Everyone agreed I looked very sad.”

During the nearly 12 hours Dreslin spent on set he changed outfits three times, got to talk to some to some of the Screen Actors Guild extras, and experienced the unexpected things that happen during the moviemaking process.
“The evening shoot was held up because a cat had wandered on the street, and when they tried to catch it it hid under a car, and they couldn't proceed until it was removed,” Dreslin said. 

Dreslin said it was an interesting day and he enjoyed seeing how everything came together.

 “You gotta love it I guess,” Dreslin said.

John Valente October 07, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I have no disrespect for the Stonington-Mystic Patch but the word OVERKILL comes to mind concerning "Great Hope Springs". Okay, we get it. They are filming the movie in Stonington and they are using extras from the area. All of the extras hope they are in the movie as an extra (a background person with no significance to the movie). Must we be informed of the same thing over and over. Enough already. Move on to some new news now. You've exhausted this news. It's old news now.
Patsy Crothers October 07, 2011 at 04:33 PM
It's still fun and interesting for some.....Thanks.
Noggle Lois Clark October 07, 2011 at 10:37 PM
I was in GHS and I like hearing other people onset stories :D


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