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Ed Harris and the production crew working on a modern-day film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline gave a crowd of Sheepshead Bay onlookers quite a show on Thursday.

The violent scene featured a gun fight and a car explosion, but not before a long wait.

“I was there for three hours,” said Linda Siederman, who lives two blocks away from the movie shoot, “but the kid were all excited. I did it for them.”

But the wait was a labor of love for parents like Siederman, who waited outside the shuttered Burger King on Knapp Street so her kids could take some snapshots of a police car that was rigged to explode.

She got there at 2 pm, but it wasn’t until 5 pm when her kids got to see the vehicle’s doors blow off their hinges.

It was a little anti-climatic, Siederman said.

“I really thought it would be more intense, but it wasn’t that loud,” she said.

Most people found out about the movie shoot by word of mouth, with neighbors telling neighbors not to worry if they heard any machine guns or explosions coming from across the street.

“It was going around the neighbrhood, ‘don’t get scared if you hear any explosions,’” said Siederman.

Cymbeline is a modern remake of the Shakespearean romance, starring Penn Badgely as Posthumous, Dakota Johnson as Imogen, and Ed Harris as the titular king Cymbeline.

It is set for a 2014 release.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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