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Hollywood Comes to Newport: Robert Redford Shoots Scene on Monmouth St.

Hollywood arrived in Newport on Tuesday and brought with it one of its biggest stars ever.

Screen legend Robert Redford was on site to shoot a scene from his latest vehicle, The Old Man and the Gun.

First reported exclusively by The River City News in March, the shoot was expected to take place last week. Delays in the film's production in the Hamilton, Oh. area, however, pushed the Newport shoot back.

On Monmouth Street - which was closed for much of Tuesday - the Heritage Bank branch was re-branded as Texas Loan & Commerce for the true story that originated in a 2003 New Yorker essay about a career bank robber, who died in 2004 at the age of 83. Redford plays lifetime criminal Forrest Tucker.

The film production has shot across the Cincinnati region and there has been speculation that Old Man will also film in Latonia. Redford is reportedly staying in Newport during production and has been spotted frequently dining at the Chart House.

The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area has seen a boom in big Hollywood film shoots in recent years, thanks to aggressive tax incentives in Kentucky and Ohio for film productions, and because of its versatile architectural styles and scenic area, industry representatives have said.

-Staff report

Images provided (some by Chuck Eilerman, as noted)

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Photo by Chuck Eilerman
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