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Jenny Johnson makes film debut in ‘The Equalizer’

There’s a long list of news anchors and TV talking heads who have made cameos in movies and television shows. Examples include Chris Matthews and Charlie Rose in George Clooney’s, “The Ides of March,” Lawrence O’Donnell in Showtime’s “Homeland,” and Larry King in just about everything, from “Ghostbusters” to “The Stepford Wives.” Now, NECN’s Jenny Johnson is getting in on the action. A few days ago, the “TV Diner” cohost shot a scene in Denzel Washington’s made-in-Massachusetts movie, “The Equalizer,” playing a TV reporter outside a crime scene. Johnson said she read for the role, and then was sent a one-sentence script: “Police sources have said the killings inside the establishment have all the earmarks of a turf war between Russians and outside factions.” Problem is, when Johnson got to the set on West Street, director Antoine Fuqua had added a few more lines. “I had the one line down perfectly,” Johnson told us. “They handed me the other lines and the director said, ‘Can you do it?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ ” (We’ll be the judge when her movie debut comes out next year.) In case you’re wondering, Johnson did not see Washington on the set. “Denzel Shmenzel,” she said, laughing. “I’ve got Billy Costa.”