Giralda ice cream man cast in Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’

Director Steven Spielberg on location in New York with Joe Marazzo and his daughter Alyssa, September 2014. Photo courtesy of Joe Marazzo

Director Steven Spielberg on location in New York with Joe Marazzo and his daughter Alyssa, September 2014. Photo courtesy of Joe Marazzo

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.

Joe Marazzo with his '48 Chevy ice cream truck, at the 2015 Giralda Music and Arts Festival, a benefit for Morris Arts. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Joe Marazzo with his ’48 Chevy ice cream truck, at the 2015 Giralda Music and Arts Festival, a benefit for Morris Arts. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


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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Chris Marazzo serves Delicious Ice Cream from a '54 Chevy 3100 at the 2011 Giralda Music and Arts Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Chris Marazzo serves Delicious Ice Cream from a ’54 Chevy 3100 at the 2011 Giralda Music and Arts Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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.

MORE SCENES FROM SUNDAY’S GIRALDA FESTIVAL

Video trailer for ‘Bridge of Spies.’

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