Bill Murray was spotted in North Bergen on the morning of November 5th — and is just one of a handful of A-list actors, including Zac Efron and Russell Crowe, currently filming and slated to be involved with the production of the film The Greatest Beer Run Ever.
The film is directed by Academy-Award-winning Peter Farrelly, famous for comedies and dramas such as Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and Green Book. Farrelly is shooting the film locally in Jersey City, North Bergen, and Weehawken — as well as in Thailand.
According to a source on set, Zac Efron and Bill Murray had already finished filming for the day when we stopped by, but they were set to return to North Bergen the next day. Filming in North Bergen is expected to end on Saturday, November 6th, continue on the Weehawken waterfront that same day, and then finish in Jersey City over the next two weeks.
About the Film
The film, which will be distributed by Apple TV+, is an adaptation of a memoir of the same name which takes place in New York City and Vietnam. Zac Efron plays the lead role of 26-year-old John “Chickie” Donohue, a Marine Corps veteran, who leaves New York in 1967 and sneaks into Vietnam to bring beer to his childhood friends who are fighting in the war. It’s based on a true story written by Donohue and his friend J.T Malloy.
In the memoir, Donohue spent eight weeks in Vietnam delivering beer to his friends and other soldiers in combat, including his friends from Inwood in Vietnam. He carried a list of six names with him on his journey in Vietnam and overcame numerous challenging situations, including getting stranded in Saigon, to make sure the troops knew they were supported. He was able to find four of his friends; one had gone home, and one was sadly killed in action.
The Hoboken Girl team stopped by the Brass Rail Pub on 76th Street and Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen for some insider info. The exterior of the building was visibly remodeled and renamed Doc Fiddler’s Pub, a spot that Donohue frequented in Inwood, which gave off a ’60s vibe.
76th Street was changed to West 207th Street and Vermilyea Avenue, the NYC intersection located in Inwood, where a supermarket now sits on the corner. Spectators surrounded the set hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars, and many classic cars from the era could be seen parked outside the pub.
Stay tuned for more details about the new film as they unfold. DM us any sightings @thehobokengirl or email news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.