Washington celebrates its star turn

Union Leader Correspondent
August 26. 2012 11:18PM
Actor Richard Riehle, left, portrayed the Washington police chief, using the real badge, for the movie “3 Days of Normal.” (Courtesy)
WASHINGTON - Though his cameo was left on the cutting room floor, Police Chief Steven Marshall is inviting the public to attend the first New Hampshire screening of the Washington-set romantic comedy '3 Days of Normal' this Friday on the town common.

'It's kind of the production company thanking us for providing the background for them,' Marshall said. 'The producer was very appreciative of how they were treated by the town.'

Marshall said his role as the owner of a liquor store was cut from the film, but plenty of other locals made it into the film as extras, from paparazzi on the town common to locals in a dinner scene. 'There's a whole bunch of Washington folks playing bit scenes. They did a lot of filming around town.'

The movie was filmed in and around Washington in the fall of 2010. The primary focus of the Washington scenes is the town police station. A scene was also shot along Route 31 near Pillsbury State Park.

At one point, the film crew spent three days filming inside the police station.

'It's really interesting to watch how a movie gets made,' he said.

The movie was also filmed in New York City.

The independent film was produced by From Out of the Woodwork Productions and centers around a lonely Washington cop who takes in a reckless Hollywood starlet over a long weekend.

The film's producers - Jace McLean, who also stars in the movie as the male romantic lead and who co-wrote the script, and Jared Parsons - first came to Washington scouting for film locations. McLean originally comes from Cheshire County, so he was key in guiding the hunt for locations that lead to Washington, Marshall said.

'The lead actor, who was also one of the co-writers, was from the Dublin area so that's how they got the idea,' he said.

The film was originally set in a fictitious county, 'But when they got to Washington they just liked it so much and they liked the look,' the producers asked the Washington Board of Selectmen if they could set the movie in Washington.

They found Washington to be the quintessential New Hampshire town, Marshall said.

Board members said yes after reviewing the script to ensure it would be appropriate for the town, he said.

The film also stars Mircea Monroe as the starlet, Richard Riehle of 'Office Space' as the police chief and Lin Shaye of 'There's Something About Mary.'

The filmmakers made their own version of Washington town and police station signs for the movie, but they used the police department's uniforms and created a police cruiser to match the town's.

'The guy that's playing the chief is wearing my stars and my badge,' Marshall said.

Parsons is expected to attend the screening. Marshall said he is hoping McLean will be able to attend as well, but he and his wife just had a baby and he is currently filming in New York.

The screening is free and open to public.

Donations are being accepted to cover the costs of the showing, and any funds collected beyond that are to be donated to the Washington Fire & Rescue Scholarship Fund.

The movie is planned to start at dusk, around 8 p.m., in the natural amphitheater next to the Congregational Church and the police station on the town common.

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

An ice cream vendor should be on hand, Marshall said, and the Parks & Recreation Committee plans to sell popcorn.

Selectman Guy Eaton, also known as the town poet, is also likely to add to the evening with a reading.

'Guy being Guy, I'm sure he'll come up with some appropriate prose for the occasion,' Marshall said.

He added the movie is family friendly.

'My grandchildren are coming to it, and I have no problem with that,' he said.

You can watch the trailer for the movie online at 3daysofnormal.com.



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