ARDSLEY, N.Y. – Ardsley residents eagerly waited outside "The Wolf of Wall Street" movie set Wednesday in hopes of catching a glimpse of the film’s stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
“I’m here to see Jonah Hill — I love his movies, especially '21 Jump Street,'” said Andrew Green, an Ardsley resident. “Plus I have a man crush on DiCaprio.”
The set was quiet during the morning, with only a handful of people standing behind the barriers. But as the afternoon rolled in and school got out, the crowd grew to several dozen people. Film crews and police kept asking the crowd to move behind the barriers to avoid blocking traffic. Fans caught a quick glimpse of Scorsese at about 2 p.m., but he did not sign autographs or talk to the crowd.
Although no celebrity encounters occurred during the daytime shoot, several Ardsley students said they briefly spoke to Hill at Ardsley Middle School, where additional vehicles, trailers and equipment were being stored.
Green said he was prepared to stay until 4 p.m. and plans to return Thursday and Friday. The sight of big name celebrities is not an everyday occurrence in Ardsley, Green said. The only other time he has heard of a celebrity being in town was when his dad saw a professional baseball player.
“They probably chose Ardsley because it’s close to the city and that place looks great for a mob movie,” said Ross Bialowas, referring to the former garage where the set is located.
Having celebrities in Ardsley is a big deal for such a small village, said Katelyn Neary, an Irvington resident. She said she hoped to see Martin Scorsese and is such a big fan that she auditioned to be an extra in his 2006 film, "The Departed." Although Wednesday and Thursday’s filming is indoors and not visible from the street, filming Friday will be outside. Neary said she might take the day off from work to see the filming on Saw Mill Road.
As the afternoon came to an end and DiCaprio and Hill were nowhere to be seen, the crowd thinned out and only a few dedicated fans remained.