A toll highway that bypasses Greenville is closed until Wednesday night as crews film a TV series on-location.
The Southern Connector will be closed for three days as the production company that makes the Cinemax TV series, “Banshee,” tapes a chase scene sequence, according to Southern Connector spokesman Tim Brett.
“They’re filming some scenes. I think there’s an armored car heist and some other scenes,” Brett told South Carolina Radio Network. He said the production company will pay the equivalent of tolls lost due to the road closing, amounting to about $60,000.
The Connector will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
HBO spokeswoman Rabia Ahmad said it’s an unusual situation. “Traditionally, you wouldn’t shut down an entire highway for a television show. It seems like it’s a more film set-type thing.”
According to the show’s website, “Banshee,” stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who “assumes the identity” of the sheriff of fictional Banshee, Pennsylvania. He continues his criminal activities while being hunted by gangsters he betrayed years ago. Although it takes place in Pennsylvania, the series is mostly filmed in the Charlotte area.
The Southern Connector toll road is a public-private partnership. The state of South Carolina owns the route (also known as Highway 185), but it is run and maintained by the nonprofit Connector 2000 Association.