Filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton brought his latest project to Decatur’s historic Oakhurst neighborhood, where shooting took place on Tuesday.
The cast of the movie, Jane Mansfield’s Car, includes Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid and Ray Stevenson, according to The Internet Movie Database.
Bacon shot scenes in front of The Solarium at Old Scottish Rite, and Thornton chatted up firefighers from the station across the street and granted an autograph to a neighborhood girl.
By early afternoon, the action moved a few blocks away, where small clusters of local residents gathered, hoping for a glimpse of the stars.
A set for the movie went up before the start of the July 4 weekend in the parking lot of a vacant strip shopping center near the corner of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road. The set features a carnival style ticket booth and a trailer housing a mangled car. (For those who don’t know, Mansfield was an American actress who died in a gruesome car accident in 1967 when the vehicle she was riding in rear-ended a tractor trailer near Biloxi.)
The shopping center itself has been dressed up to look like a Southern grocery from the 1960s. (An update: The shopping center will become the home of Oakhurst Church, a new United Methodist community, starting on Aug. 7, according to Tim Lloyd, Pastor of Oakhurst UMC.)
The project was the buzz of Cedartown, Ga. last month, where the celebrity sightings included Thornton, Bacon and Duvall.
A video clip on YouTube shows the crew shooting in downtown Cedartown in June (and reveals that Kevin Bacon is sporting some shaggy long hair for this film). Duvall was also spotted driving a bright yellow pickup
The IMDb website describes the movie as a drama set in the 1960s that turns on the culture clash between two families. IMDb says the film is scheduled for release in 2013.
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