Spiro had to remind the actors about proper body language, to hunch their bodies and shiver as if they were cold.
“We wore thick wool coats,” Finlayson said. “It was very, very hot. But I did do a scene with John-Boy where we get into a snowball fight and he rubs snow in my face. That was refreshing!”
Haskell, who has now filmed five wintry movies in the Georgia summer heat including NBC’s 2015 “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and 2016′s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors,” said he now knows how to artfully blend snow mats, potato flakes, paper flakes and shaved ice as well as CGI from Atlanta’s Crafty Apes to make the films look convincingly chilly.
And to keep the actors in this film from collapsing from heatstroke, he had them wear special bodysuits with inserts to place ice packets under their winter coats.
Haskell is not shy about saying he hopes to replicate history if the film does well: “I’m trying to plant seeds of a TV series, something we can share with the world for years to come.”
The Waltons: Homecoming,” 8 p.m. ET Sunday on the CW, available the next day on the CW app and cwtv.com.
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