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Hollywood Comes to the Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Museum photos Ian Whitt (left) and Patrick Askin prepare for the wedding scene in "Nick and Nicky"
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Ian Whitt (left) and Patrick Askin prepare for the wedding scene in “Nick and Nicky”

The elegant Vanderbilt Mansion, courtyard and estate grounds were the backdrop for a recent independent film shoot.

The movie, Nick and Nicky, is a “modern-day screwball comedy and murder mystery inspired by the classic Hollywood comedies of the 1930s and 40s,” said screenwriter Patrick Askin, who also produced the movie and plays one of the leads.

The Vanderbilt starred in the story’s wedding, reception and final scene. The cast included Sean Young, Patrick Askin, up-and-coming actor Ian Whitt, veteran character actor Malachy McCourt, and singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, great-granddaughter of William K. Vanderbilt II.

“This beautiful location was the ideal spot for these scenes,” Askin said. “It possesses the opulence of the world these characters live in, as well the old-school glamour the film pays homage to.”

The movie website describes the story: “The movie evokes the sparkling, witty spirit of those films and recreates it in an upscale, modern-day, gay setting. The two primary characters are a very wealthy, attractive, gay couple, one older, the other younger, who have returned to New York City to get married. However, they end up embarking on a crime-solving adventure.”

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