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Reeve deals with New Orleans’ humidity


NEW ORLEANS — Christopher Reeve and scores of actors are fighting New Orleans’ soggy heat in different ways.

Reeve, directing a TV movie about a paralyzed girl’s successful fight to return to school, has to spend as much time as possible in an air-conditioned trailer he calls his “Bat Cave,” watching monitors.

“When you have a spinal cord injury, your thermoregulatory system goes totally haywire,” he said.

The movie is based on the book “Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey,” by Brooke Ellison and her mother, Jean Ellison.

Brooke Ellison, now a doctoral student in cognitive neuroscience, was 11 and heading to the first day of seventh grade in Long Island, N.Y., when a car hit her and broke her neck.

The screenplay has 60 speaking parts; Vanessa Marano plays Brooke at 11 and Lacey Chabert is the college-age Brooke. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays her mother.

“We’re working on a modest budget, couldn’t afford to shoot in New York, and didn’t want to take the product out of the country,” Reeve said.”

Still, dealing with New Orleans’ heat and humidity has been a challenge, he said.

“It’s been a difficult shoot because every day we’re dodging the raindrops,” he said.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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