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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail

June 3, 2008

"Perfect Storm" Crew Takes Over Harbor Loop

Hollywood has set up shop on Harbor Loop.

The cast and crew of the movie "The Perfect Storm" last night announced their arrival in Gloucester at a press conference for about 150 television and newspaper reporters.

The movie, which is based on the best-selling book, traces the last trip of the local swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which was lost at sea during the infamous no-name storm of October 1991.

Producers, publicists, director Wolfgang Petersen and actors George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio sat at a table at the end of the Gloucester Marine Railways' dock and answered questions about the film, their respective roles, and what it all means for Gloucester.

On one side of the dock was the Andrea Gail's sister ship, the F/V Hannah Boden. On the other side was the F/V Lady Grace, which has been repainted as the Andrea Gail for the film.

In front of the table was the crowd of reporters who wanted to know if Wahlberg, who will play Bobby Shatford, had ever caught any fish.

They also asked if Clooney, who has been cast as Captain Billy Tyne, had been researching the local culture in Gloucester's downtown bars, and if Mastrantonio, who will play Linda Greenlaw, captain of the Hannah Boden, was concerned about getting wet while shooting.

"Mark didn't catch any fish but I learned how to drink," laughed Clooney. "Does that count?"

All three actors appeared completely at home on the waterfront.

"Gloucester is just a beautiful city," said Clooney, who has been enjoying the local hospitality. "The people have been just great."

And while Wahlberg also seems to have enjoyed the welcome, he reserved special praise for the local food.

"We're supposed to have all these great restaurants in Los Angeles and it just doesn't even some close to here," he said, smiling.

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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail