Tina Fey movie 'Admission' films in Bronxville
Bronxville was in the spotlight Wednesday as the Tina Fey / Paul Rudd movie “Admission” was shot inside a village drugstore.
Filming took place at Value Drugs Family Center at 80 Pondfield Rd. Interior scenes were shot in the pharmacy area, which remains open for business while members of the film crew and police officers maintain a presence in front of the store. Shooting wrapped by 8 p.m.
The interior pharmacy scene with Fey is the only one that was shot in Bronxville, according to “Admission” publicist Carol McConnaughey. Rudd was not on the set.
The movie, which started shooting Wednesday, will be filmed in other undisclosed Westchester County locations during the next eight weeks, she said.
Fey wasn’t available for interviews, but during a lunch break, Newsday spotted the “30 Rock” star, in true Liz Lemon fashion, eating a sandwich in the store.
Keith Dunn, one of the managers at Value Drugs, said he had no problems dealing with customers or the production crew, which asked to film in the pharmacy about two months ago, he said. Dunn’s staff helped patrons access parts of the store that were closed to the public during filming.
His fellow store manager, Michael Carugan, is a “30 Rock” fan who also enjoyed watching Fey in “Date Night” with Steve Carell. “It was pretty awesome to see her in person,” said Carugan, who added that he and Fey greeted each other with “a simple ‘hey’ in passing."
He said he hoped to get a photo with Fey at the end of the shoot so that he can post it in the store.
Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2009 novel of the same name, “Admission” is a drama-comedy about a Princeton University admissions officer, Portia Nathan (Fey), whose life changes when she realizes that a quirky student attending a New England experimental high school, co-founded by John Halsey (Paul Rudd), may be the son she gave up for adoption.
Although there was no sign of Rudd on set, Leba Wise, the gallery director for J. Pocker Framing, across the street from the drugstore, held out hope as she watched the tech crew. “We wanted to see those blue eyes,” she said.
Wise, who loved Rudd’s work in “Role Models,” “I Love You, Man” and “Clueless,” said it’s appropriate for Bronxville to host the shoot, given the village’s history as an artist community. “It just makes sense: It’s like Old World and new art, coming together,” she said.
Recalling when parts of the 1998 movie “Stepmom” were filmed in the village, Bunky Griffin, who heads Griffin Marketing and Public Relations at 65 Pondfield Rd., said she was “thrilled” to know Fey was filming another movie across the street. “Who doesn’t love Tina Fey?” she asked.
Production vehicles are taking up a few parking spaces in front of the drugstore, and patrons have been asked to park in the train station lot and near Garden Avenue.