The Shipping News

“Newfies,” as Newfoundlanders call themselves, joke that they have four seasons: fall, winter, misery and summer, so I joke that we were pretty much in misery the whole time during the filming of Lasse Hallström’s 2001 film, THE SHIPPING NEWS! Our hours off the set were predominantly spent with fellow cast and crew members and we became enamored with a bar called Rocky's. It was at Rocky’s where I taught Dame Judi Dench to play pool. She pretended not to like it but I could tell she secretly did! I think that it surprised a lot of people to see a Dame sitting on the end of a pool table trying to do a backhand shot – it was pretty hilarious. Judi and I also played an enormous amount of ping-pong at a table I'd set up in one of the social rooms at the wonderful Bed & Breakfast we all stayed at during the shoot.

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