Crew filming the Warhol and Basquiat footage in downtown Lynn

New York City’s iconic yellow cab made an appearance on Mt. Vernon Street in Lynn to appear in a movie about Andy Warhol. (Spenser Hasak)

Crew filming Warhol, Basquiat filming in Lynn

By Rachel Barber

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LYNN — Vintage cars from the 1970s lined the north side of Mount Vernon Street Friday as part of the set design for the upcoming film “The Collaboration,” which details the friendship between pop art legend Andy Warhol and neo-expressionist Jean – Michel Basquiat.

The film crew set up from 8 am to 4 pm at the side of the building at 38 Exchange St. While filming on the street, the production stopped drivers intermittently at the nearby intersection. Lynn police officers directing traffic said they had not experienced any problems during the shoot.

Actor Richie Dinkins plays a taxi driver and an extra in a club scene in the film.

“People were respectful,” Dinkins said. “Everything was beautiful. You can see the excitement in people’s eyes when they walk by. People like things that are not normal, especially when it comes to beautiful things like filming and having superstars coming to Lynn. That’s how you expand the city and you bring more wealth and knowledge to it”.

Written by four-time Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, “The Collaboration” had an early run as a stage play in London, inspiring both a film adaptation and a Broadway debut. It stars Jeremy Pope, best known for his work on Broadway, and Paul Bettany, who plays JARVIS and Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Pope plays Basquiat and Bettany plays Warhol.

“There’s a lot of talent on this site, whether they’re in front of the camera or behind the camera,” Dinkins said.

Lynn resident Dharna Cortes was walking her dog, Jacinta, back from the post office when she saw a crowd gathered on Mount Vernon Street. At first, she thought it was the farmers’ market that takes place there on Thursdays, but then she remembered that it was Friday.

Upon closer inspection, he saw that the street looked more like Manhattan than usual. When he realized that Dinkins’ cab was actually a Buick designed to look like a 1970s New York cab, he realized that he had tripped on set.

“I love cars,” Cortes said. “I can see that they are drawn to architecture here in Lynn. If you look up, you see really beautiful buildings. I get it. I think this is good for Lynn.”

Rachel Barber can be reached at rachelbarber@itemlive.com.

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