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Film shoot in Westport

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 31, 2011

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Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges’s “R.I.P.D.’’ is the big-budget movie filming in Massachusetts this fall, but there’s a smaller project on our local film docket that’s already kicked off production in Westport. Work started Monday for “Frank the Bastard,’’ a gothic thriller that will be filmed in Bristol County but will take place in Maine. The movie stars Rachel Miner, who has been on “Californication’’ and was Carrie Bradshaw’s 20-something fan on “Sex and the City,’’ William Sadler of “The Shawshank Redemption,’’ and Chris Sarandon, who had Colin Farrell’s role in the original “Fright Night.’’ (He also has a nice, bloody cameo in the new reboot of the film.) “Bastard’’ folks tell us that the movie will shoot locally for 32 days.