Filming in Kew Gardens

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About 150 people were involved in the shoot which required bringing a fleet of huge trucks loaded with gear.
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by DIANA SHAMAN

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Although movie goers won't know it, Kew Gardens will be featured in a new romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin, which is in production by CBS Films, a division of the CBS Corporation.

Film-makers arrived over a two-day period, July 24 and July 25, taking over the William Sobelsohn Playground in Forest Park at Park Lane South and Abingdon Road, to shoot a scene depicting the O'Loughlin character, Stan, confiding in a friend that he has become romantically involved with a woman who was pregnant with twins who are not his.

The Sobelsohn playground acted as a stand-in for Central Park, where the scene was supposedly taking place. Among the props the film crew brought with them were dozens of artificial trees and shrubs which were used to block out the single-family houses lining Park Lane South that would have tipped movie audiences that this was definitely not Central Park.

In The Back-Up Plan, slated for release in January 2010, Ms. Lopez plays the role of Zoe who has waited in vain for Mr. Right and finally decides to undergo artificial insemination and become a single mother before her biological clock winds down. She discovers she is pregnant (with twins) the same day that she meets Stan, a man she decides could be just the man she has been looking for. As they become romantically entangled, she has to confront him with the fact that she is not only pregnant but having twins.

About 150 people were involved in the shoot which required bringing a fleet of huge trucks loaded with gear. Extras lined benches alongside the playground, many of them with baby carriages holding rubber babies that looked like the real thing but had the advantage of not crying or otherwise disrupting the filming. Other extras posing as runners and passers-by circled and re-circled the playground as the same scenes were shot repeatedly over the course of the two days.

Posters left on lamp posts around the neighborhood thanked residents for their patience and cooperation. Kew Gardeners seemed to take the disruption with good humor. Real passers-by gawked. Children played in another section of the Sobelsohn playground. And some blasé residents simply pulled up a deck chair and went to sleep.

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