Search

Hollywood superstar Harvey Keitel spotted on film shoot in Belsize Village

19:59 10 July 2014

Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel on a film shoot in Belsize Village today. Picture: David Stark

Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel on a film shoot in Belsize Village today. Picture: David Stark

David Stark

He’s best known for his iconic performances in gangster movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction - but today Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel cast off his tough guy image and donned a tuxedo for a film shoot in Belsize Village.

The Reservoir Dogs star was reportedly filming a commercial for insurance company Direct Line. Picture: David StarkThe Reservoir Dogs star was reportedly filming a commercial for insurance company Direct Line. Picture: David Stark

The superstar - who rose to fame in early Martin Scorsese movies such as Mean Streets and Taxi Driver in the 1970s - was spotted by surprised locals in the rather more sedate setting of the square at the heart of the village.

He was reportedly filming a commercial for insurance company Direct Line and a large crew made their base in La Paletta cafe, to the interest of passing shoppers.

Belsize Park resident David Stark, 61, editor and publisher of the songwriters’ website Songlink, saw the camera crew as he popped to pick up his dry cleaning.

“There were a lot of people for a film shoot and there was Harvey Keitel standing outside the Village Vet,” he said. “From Mean Streets and Pulp Fiction to Belsize Village.

“It’s great to see a Hollywood legend on the not-so mean streets of NW3!

“He was all dressed up in a tuxedo and dinner jacket and looking very smart. He was just talking to the crew.

“He looked the part and there were a few people watching. I think word had got around to be honest.”

The crew of about 20 waited out the stormy weather to shoot footage during breaks in the rain before packing up for the day.

“They were filming outside La Paletta cafe and using that as their base,” said Mr Stark. “It was all very exciting really, they’re clearing up now.

“It was unexpected and I was surprised but these days you never know who pops up in these commercials.

“We’ll see it on screen probably fairly soon and find out what the scenario’s all about.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 10:00
The Hall school  triathlon team

A team of 40 mothers and staff from The Hall School, in Hampstead, are running the Blenheim Triathlon on June 4 to raise money for a Swiss Cottage youth project.

Yesterday, 09:16
The man was stabbed in Camden High Street near Greenland Street

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s died after being stabbed on Camden High Street in the early hours this morning.

Yesterday, 09:00
Chris Roche wants Muswell Hill Library to stay put. Photo: Polly Hancock

A renowned architect fears the historic library will be moved to the site of the former Green Man pub, rather than adapted for greater disability access

Friday, May 27, 2016
Nurul Islam celebrates at his Belsize Park kiosk with customers and Ham&High reporter Emily Banks, right.       Picture: Polly Hancock

The vendor who runs the Belsize Park newspaper kiosk today thanked his customers for pressuring Camden Council into doing a u-turn over the rent hike which threatened his business.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Gabriella with mum Nazanin on her first birthday

A distraught father whose daughter faces her second birthday detained in Iran without her parents has urged children around the world to send her a birthday card.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Victor in Delhi

A ‘smart and popular’ 22-year-old who died in a motorbike crash has been remembered at his former school.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
A pole will be located at the end of Nassington  Road by the entrance to Hampstead Heath

New plans for an Orthodox Jewish boundary across Camden have been submitted.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The mystery girl was found wandering in  the evening in Daleham Gardens

Police are trying to trace an 11-year-old girl who was discovered wandering in the street in her pyjamas saying she had run away from home.

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are no rules when it comes to buying studio pottery beyond choosing what you love

With The Great Pottery Throwdown captivating viewers across the nation, pottery courses at capacity, and hipsters snapping up vintage studio pieces to display their succulents in and post on Instagram, studio pottery and ceramics are definitely having a moment.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe