Shawshank 25 - The Movie's Impact In Mansfield

  • 8/18/2019 2:12:13 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Thousands of people came out to the Ohio State Reformatory this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption.

Many of the cast and crew members returning to the prison were amazed how much the movie affected the area.

"It's just wonderful to see the turn out," Shawshank Redemption Director, Frank Darabont said.  "It's wonderful to see how many people do care and are taking pride in the fact that they're the town where this movie happened.  I think that's a very rare thing. I can't think of another movie that has that effect on a community."

Actor Bob Gunton who played Warden Norton in the movie, said that he believes this was the biggest Shawshank anniversary event at the prison that he has been to.

"I'm just a visitor in Mansfield so this is just my observation, but I think it's got to be a source of great pride and as I was telling my wife, I was just overwhelmed when we drove up here," Gunton said.  "Literally it looked like thousands of cars out there."

Many of the cast members, including actors Mark Rolston and Frank Medrano, said that they love how friendly and welcoming the Mansfield community is.

"It's just a flood of memories, seeing this place all over again," Mark Rolston who played Bogs Diamond in the movie said.  "I think all the people are all the same. Everyone is still really friendly."

Actor Frank Medrano said that he was also at the 20th anniversary event and he was excited to see some of his Mansfield friends again.

"The people here are so wonderful, so sweet, so kind, generous and loving," Medrano said.  "It's really nice to be back."

As a part of the celebration, director Frank Darabont gifted a wide variety of artwork and props to the Ohio State Reformatory on Saturday including Andy's rock hammer.

"They were just sitting in storage in my warehouse and I thought I would rather they were being seen and appreciated by the people that care enough to show up and travel however far they've traveled to come see this place," Darabont said.  "I really wanted to share it with the fans and also help out the museum here and let them do a really cool display of all the artwork."

To see extended interviews with the cast and crew, check out WATCH: Actors Talk About Experiences Filming Shawshank Movie


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