Hol­ly­wood vis­its town

Stars film in the High­lands

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

Hol­ly­wood ar­rived in a sleepy High­land town as Kathie Lee Gif­ford and Craig Fer­gu­son filmed new ro­man­tic com­edy Love Me To Death in and around lo­cal shops.

The peop le o f Lochgilp­head in Ar­gyll were de­lighted when the film crew ar­rived and turned their town cen­tre into a movie set.

Film­ing has also taken place at Tar­bet by Loch Lomond and it is un­der­stood a wed­ding scene is due to be filmed

“KathieLee Gif­ford­was­be­ing filmed­sit­ting havin­ga­cof­fee”

in In­ver­aray to­day. Gif­ford is the host of the To­day show in Hol­ly­wood and Fer­gu­son for­mer host of The Late Late Show with Craig Fer­gu­son.

Love Me To Death fol­lows Annabelle, played by Gif­ford, a lonely widow who plans a trip around the world with her hus­band’s ashes in tow in a bid to visit the places they loved in the movies.

When she ar­rives at the Inn in Loch Lomond, run by a grumpy, stub­born Scots­man, played by Fer­gu­son, the first stop on the jour­ney changes her life for­ever. A fam­ily se­cret is re­vealed, one wed­ding is de­railed, another is planned, and two un­likely peo­ple get a sec­ond chance at love. Lochgilp­head carer Louise Bradley, 29, cap­tured images of Gif­ford film­ing out­side The Stag Ho­tel in Lochgilp­head.

Miss Bradley, 29, said: “The whole of the Lorne Street car park was full of cars, vans, lor­ries and tech­ni­cal peo­ple.

“Roads were get­ting shut for short pe­ri­ods of time to al­low film­ing to take place.

“Kathie Lee Gif­ford was be­ing filmed sit­ting hav­ing a cof­fee out­side the Stag Ho­tel.

“The crew asked if they could film in Cafe 35, Icon Hair­dressers and the lo­cal fish mon­gers Mur­ray Smoked Prod­ucts. Two of the girls from the hair­dressers were ex­tras. In one scene Kathie Lee was to walk out of the fish shop then into the cafe for an ice cream.

“There was a ma­jor buzz about the town.

“A lot of the lo­cals were very ex­cited about it, but some seemed to­tally obliv­i­ous to what was go­ing on.

“A few walked right through the set dur­ing film­ing, it was quite funny!

“One of the ex­tras was say­ing that they will be film­ing a wed­ding scene in In­ver­aray on Fri­day. They have also been film­ing at Tar­bet on Loch Lomond­side. Ev­ery­one in Lochgilp­head can’t wait to see the film.”

ON SET: Kathie Lee Gif­ford film­ing Love Me To Death out­side the Stag Ho­tel in Lochgilp­head

Kathy Lee Gif­ford

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