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David Strathairn was one of the ‘jerks’ at Farmacy

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Hollywood touched down on Henry Street this week.

“Maladies,” an indie film with such big names as James Franco and David Strathairn, shot in and around Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain on Monday morning.

The film tells the story of successful actor-turned-recluse, who retires to a small town due to a perceived mental illness during the 1960s.

“It’s a period piece, so they were looking for an old-time soda fountain,” said Gia Giasullo, who co-owns the popular Carroll Gardens shop with her brother.

Indeed, Farmacy didn’t require too much redecorating, save for bringing in a phone booth and replacing items on the shelves— though they didn’t care so much for the cheeky name, renaming it “Feelings” for the day.

In preparation of the shoot, the shop closed early on Sunday, serving up its now legendary egg creams for the production crew. The next day, Franco and Strathairn, still esteemed for his sharp turn as esteemed newsman Edward R. Murrow in 2005’s “Good Night, And Good Luck,” were shot walking down Henry Street in 1960s garb.

Our shutterbug only got pictures of Strathairn on the set, and later relaxing with co-owner Peter Freeman’s mom, Anna.

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain [513 Henry St. at Sackett Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 522-6260]

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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