Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, Former Village Resident, Film in the Park Earlier this Week

the actors on a park bench

Filming this week at WSP were actors Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo on a park bench (above). Ruffalo was at the park in October for Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly (see below).

From The Daily Mail about the film:

Can a Song Save Your Life? sees Knightley’s character arrive in New York with her long-term love interest (Adam Levine) with the aim of pursuing a musical career together.

But Levine’s character dumps her for what he thinks will be a successful solo career without her.

In a rather typical movie twist, Levine’s character meets with a bad ending while Knightley’s Greta is happily discovered by a producer, played by Ruffalo,while singing in a bar on an open mic night.

Love and happiness ensue.

In October Ruffalo at Occupy Wall Street at the park

Ruffalo, while in town filming another time, stopped by Occupy Wall Street at WSP in October. He told me he used to live in the neighborhood or nearby (8th Street or St. Mark’s Place…? I can’t recall.) and was very concerned about NYU’s overwhelming influence. About Occupy Wall Street, the actor, also an activist, was supportive and wanted to see what was going on so he stopped by and hung around for awhile. While doing an interview by the Fountain, he said — “[I recognize] When I’m losing hope, it’s because I’m not doing enough.”

Photo, Top: Ivan Nikilov/

Bottom: Cathryn

Occupy Washington Square Park Yesterday – Arch, Fountain and Lawns Off Limits – Over Reaction by City?

Arch and Fountain Fenced Off

Arch fenced off

Fountain Off Limits

Lawn fenced off

Parks PEP worker guards lawn

The Crowd

General Assembly

The Scene

Actor Mark Ruffalo giving an interview

CNN on the Fountain Plaza

Speaker from Working Group

Police guarding the Arch

NYPD at the Arch

the lawn - do not enter


Free Food & Water

Free Hugs

View Past the Fountain to the Arch

The Arch

Photos from yesterday at Washington Square where Occupy Wall Street temporarily took over the park.

The group held a “General Assembly” and encouraged participants to join working groups. A speaker stated “we want to hold political and economic elites accountable. In the process of direct democracy, there is no hierarchy.” It’s a process where we are “all responsible along with a responsibility for each other. The process is meant to empower each and every voice.”

The speaker said, “Since [we started] September 17th, we were waiting to come to Washington Square Park to spread, with your help, this movement.

Actor Mark Ruffalo was doing an interview by the Fountain and hung around for awhile. One thing he said — “[I recognize] When I’m losing hope, it’s because I’m not doing enough.”

Overall however — a bit of an over reaction on the part of the City? Arch and Fountain and Lawns all fenced off and under NYPD and PEP (Parks Enforcement Patrol) watch.

The top of the Arch reads: “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. – Washington.”

More at WSP Blog on Occupy Wall Street.

Also see Occupy Wall Street web site.

Photos: Cathryn.