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Filming in progress on THE PATRIOT

Now that the holidays are over and the new year has begun, RenÚ has returned to South Carolina to resume work on The Patriot, a film starring Mel Gibson. The official website for the film,, includes trailers. We haven't spotted any pictures of RenÚ yet, but we'll keep watching the site for updates.

The story is loosely based on the exploits of Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," a Revolutionary War hero. The filming began in early October 1999, and is taking place in the north and central parts of the state, with director Roland Emmerich and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.

RenÚ's character, Reverend Oliver, at first resists the call to arms, but at the last moment joins the militia because he feels he must tend to his flock wherever they go.

After the first couple of weeks of filming, RenÚ said:

"Features are so SLOW! We'd have shot two episodes of DS9 by now.... Today we charged, galloped, and tore across the countryside in a pack of forty musket-toting militiamen....quite exhilarating (read: terrifying)."

Now we know a little bit about what we can look forward to when this movie opens!

The Patriot is scheduled for theatrical release in June 2000.

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