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Upstate highway shutdown, turns into film set

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A sign for the Southern Connector Toll Road. (File/FOX Carolina) A sign for the Southern Connector Toll Road. (File/FOX Carolina)

An Upstate interstate is now a film set, closing its roadway to drivers and welcoming in television crews.

Actors, writers and directors from Cinemax have taken over the Southern Connector toll road to shoot a high-speed heist for the show Banshee.

Drivers on I-185 may be inconvenienced by its closure this week, but Cinemax is paying the toll road for the revenue loss for the days it's filming.

Banshee is an original series, whose main character served 15 years in prison and is posing as the sheriff in a small Pennsylvania County.

The show is known for its action scenes, but executive producer and writer Jonathan Tropper said the scene they're filming in Greenville County, with a robbery done at high speeds on the highway, will push boundaries. He said it will seem more like what's seen on the big screen, versus on television.

He called the production a collaboration between directors, actors and his writing team.

"They take what I've written, and they honor the idea of that, and they'll use the dialogue and general se up and come back to me and say, 'What you wrote defies the laws of physics, but here's what we can do.' They'll work that out with me," Tropper said.

Crews are filming through Wednesday night. The connector will open again between 10 and 11 p.m. Tropper said the three days of filming will equal about 10 minutes of the first episode of the second season.

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