Topsfield Fairgrounds playing host to ‘Furry’ cast and crew

By Justin Jervinis
Salem News
July 19, 2009

TOPSFIELD — On a sunny Friday afternoon, actors Ken Jeong, Gerry Bednob, Skyler Samuels and 200 extras had lunch at the Topsfield Fair grounds.

The crew was in town last week shooting “Furry Vengeance,” starring Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields and Dick Van Dyke, at the Hickory Beech subdivision on High Street.

The lunchtime environment was tense as the actors got out of a white Astro minivan and strolled into a big, white tent to eat. Later, two Peter Pan buses full of extras rolled into the parking lot. The extras, many in costume, ate in an adjacent tent.

The movie crew also shot scenes at Beverly Airport last week. The film is about “a developer who is environmentally incorrect and the animals getting revenge on him,” airport manager Robert Mezzetti said last week. Director Roger Kumble’s family comedy is expected to hit theaters next year.

“It’s great. They are very nice people,” said James O’Brien, general manager of the Topsfield Fair. “It’s nice to see the people have more jobs.”

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