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How Steven Spielberg found War Horse's third character in Dartmoor

9 January 2012 1:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

When War Horse director Steven Spielberg arrived in Devon, its natural beauty forced him to reconsider the county's role in his epic tale of love

In August 2010 details started leaking out online. Someone resembling Steven Spielberg had been spotted in the Co-op in Yelverton on the southwestern edge of Dartmoor. "He didn't look familiar to the area," one local said. "He looked like he was going to buy the Co-op rather than buy a sandwich." It was later suggested – but not confirmed – that Spielberg had bought a pint of semi-skimmed milk.

Later a man answering to the Hollywood director's description –"dressed in a black leather jacket and his signature cap" – was seen striding across the moorland near Sheepstor on Dartmoor. A grainy photograph of Spielberg kneeling and squinting in a Devon meadow surfaced on the web. Locals reported fruit carts and hay wagons popping up behind hedgerows. Crew members were »

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