If you find yourself at The Cup for an ice cream cone this weekend and you think you see Corbin Bernsen hanging around, your eyes aren’t necessarily deceiving you.
The man who played Arnie Becker on “L.A. Law,” Roger Dorn in “Major League,” and currently plays Henry Spencer on “Psych” will be in Bethlehem scouting locations to shoot a feature film.
Bernsen is planning to produce “Bethlehem,” a coming of age movie about high school football, the demise of Bethlehem Steel and the importance of family. In addition to being set here, the film will also be mostly shot here as well, screenwriter Jordan Ross told reporters during a news conference on Thursday.
Bernsen, Ross, director Matthew McInnis and actress Taylor Spreitler, who plays Lennox Scanlon on the ABC Family sitcom “Melissa & Joey” will all be in the city over the weekend to tour possible filming locations, city officials said Friday.
“In anticipation of you coming, we put on a little Irish festival,” Mayor John Callahan quipped to Ross during the news conference, referencing Celtic Classic, the largest festival of Celtic music, sports and culture in North America.
In addition to the festival and the historic downtown, the Hollywood entourage will be getting a look at Liberty High School, which will be central to the story as well as the neighboring Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
This weekend, the stadium hosts Freedom High School’s clash with Nazareth on Friday night and the Bethlehem Catholic High School homecoming game against Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Bernsen could well be in the stands on Saturday.
The Hollywood team will also be getting a look at Monocacy Park and the SteelStacks area as well as other venues that are uniquely Bethlehem—such as The Cup, the city’s popular ice cream shop on Linden Street, said Bekah Rusnock, who works in the city’s Economic Development office.