Kearny is turning out to be a tourist attraction now that Clint Eastwood is filming scenes for the film adaptation to the Broadway play “Jersey Boys.”

Nothing like having a little bit of Hollywood in your back yard.

And the locals are loving the attention from the luminaries.

Film giant Clint Eastwood was beneath bright lights on Elm Street in Kearny tonight where he was directing scenes of the film adaptation of the Broadway smash "Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons."

Filming was done in the home of Mayra Hopson and across Elm Street in a storefront set up as a period liquor and grocery store.

"He talked to everyone and he hugged everyone," said Hopson who proudly displayed a picture of her 6-year-old son posing with Eastwood.

Crowds lined the street to watch the activity, but by 7:15 p.m.,. the shoot was over, the street was dark, the crowd was gone and the trailers were packing up their gear and pulling away.

“It was cool, he is one of my favorite actors,” Walter Stewart, 42, of Kearny said of seeing Eastwood. Stewart stood behind the police tape at Seeley Avenue, about half block from where the shooting was taking place. He watched as cars from the period were rolled in and out of the scenes.

"I've never seen that big a star, a legend” continued Stewart who watched with his mother and brother. “He seemed really cool. He was taking pictures with people and petting someone’s dog.”

Dawn Barbosa of Kearny was also at the police tape showing pictures she snapped of Eastwood and of Frankie Valli as well.
“It was so exciting,” said Barbosa of seeing Eastwood in person. “He is very friendy and very nice.”

The film stars Christopher Walken as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo, and John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli. Setup began yesterday and filming began this evening after nightfall.

Scene are being shot tonight on Elm, between Stuyvesant and Seeley avenues, where the area has been transformed from a modern day residential street to a 1960s neighborhood.

And it’s so gratifying to hear when stars of the magnitude of Clint Eastwood come to town and treat the locals like long lost relatives.

Some time ago my wife and I have a meet and greet with the cast of The Sopranos.


Meet and Greets generally are somewhat congenial even though you don’t get to spend too much time with the stars of the show.

But in the limited time that you do have, celebrities make an impression one way or another.
Were the celebrities you’ve met personable or pinheads?