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Baldwin films scenes in Stonington couple's movie

By Kristina Dorsey

Publication: The Day

Published March 29. 2014 4:00AM
Photo by Ali Paige Goldstein
Alec Baldwin on the set of "The Curse of Don Scarducci."

Chris Fondulas of Stonington started directing his short film "The Curse of Don Scarducci" on Wednesday in New York City - and one of the stars was Alec Baldwin. Fondulas was a boom operator for all seven seasons of "30 Rock," and he had asked Baldwin about playing a Mafia don in the project. Baldwin seemed somewhat interested, but then "30 Rock" wrapped, and time went by. When Fondulas worked on a Capital One ad last fall with Baldwin, he asked him again. This time, the response was a more definitive yes, and the filmmaker got three hours of Baldwin's time to shoot scenes for "The Curse of Don Scarducci." Fondulas wrote the comedy about a gangster (played by Neil Parisi) who is diagnosed with Celiac disease and leaves the mob to live a cleaner life. Fondulas was inspired in part by his wife, Jessie Hoyt's, Celiac disease and the related gluten-free existence. Fondulas, who grew up primarily in Stonington and Groton, and Hoyt, who grew up in Stonington, have co-founded Copps Brook Pictures. This is their first short film. They are raising money for the project via Kickstarter.com.

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