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November 13, 2012 11:53 am
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Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Paradis Snapped On-Set of New Film in Chasidic Garb

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Actor Liev Schreiber on the Salt panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

Liev Schreiber is reconnecting with his roots. The Jewish actor (his mother was born into a family of Jewish working-class immigrants in Brooklyn) was shot on the Brooklyn-set of his new film “Fading Gigolo” dressed as a member of Shomrim, which is a neighborhood watch volunteer group that operates within New York’s Chasidic communities. Donning traditional garb and the tell-tale Payot (side locks) he was accompanied on-set by one of his co-stars, the French actress Vanessa Paradis, who was herself dressed as a Chasidic woman.

John Turturro is directing the film which also stars that inimitable icon of New York Judaism, Woody Allen. The film, due out next year, is about a book store owner (played by Woody Allen) who convinces his friend (played by Turturro) that a fortune can be made by becoming a professional gigolo.

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