By Kevin Coughlin
A highlight of the annual Morris Arts Giralda Music And Film Festival is Joe Marazzo’s vintage ice cream truck, which delights young and old with sugary reminders of simpler times.
Turns out Steven Spielberg has a soft spot for rolling nostalgia, too.
Spielberg filmed Marazzo and his 1950 Chevy “Delicious Ice Cream” truck in the shadow of the RFK Triborough Bridge last September, for this fall’s Bridge of Spies, a thriller starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer recruited by the CIA to rescue a pilot from the Soviets during the Cold War.
“It took three takes to shoot my scene,” said Marazzo, a retired civil engineer who put himself through NJIT selling ice cream from this truck, inherited from his late father.
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Marazzo, 56, has spent more than $200,000 building and decorating three ice cream trucks — the fleet includes ’48 and ’55 Chevys — to create summer jobs for his three kids.
Steiner Studios, the Brooklyn Navy Yard facility where Spider-Man 3 and Boardwalk Empire were shot, found Marazzo’s Delicious Ice Cream business via the internet, the Basking Ridge resident said.
“Spielberg was a gentleman and spent some time talking with me, and really got into the trucks,” Marazzo said. “It was a lot of standing around, but fun nonetheless.”
And what Delicious Ice Cream did the great director order?
“He ate a Candy-Center Crunch,” Marazzo said.
Video trailer for ‘Bridge of Spies.’