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Denzel Washington filming causes stir in Cape Town

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
FILE-This July 21, 2009 file photo shows Denzel Washington posing for photographers during a photo call prior to the screening of his movie The Taking of Pelham 123 in Berlin, Germany. Washington plans to return to the New York stage next spring in a revival of August Wilsons Fences. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski,File) 
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FILE-This July 21, 2009 file photo shows Denzel Washington posing for photographers during a photo call prior to the screening of his movie 'The Taking of Pelham 123' in Berlin, Germany. Washington plans to return to the New York stage next spring in a revival of August Wilson's "Fences". (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski,File) (AP)

A movie starring Denzel Washington was a little too thrilling for a Cape Town neighborhood that has experienced gang violence.

Callers to talk radio said they feared gang fights had returned to the township when they heard the sounds of automatic gunfire overnight.

Denis Lillie, head of the Cape Film Commission, said Tuesday the producers had been authorized to film a sequence involving car chases and the firing of blanks, and had informed residents in the immediate neighborhood. But he says the sound carried further than expected.

Lillie says the Cape Town community is getting "used to the fact that people want to film here."

The movie, "Safe House," is described as a crime thriller.

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