Film shoot­ing un­der­way

New­born mayor apol­o­gizes for con­tro­ver­sial sign used in shoot

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

NEW­BORN — The bu­colic quiet which nor­mally en­folds the city of New­born was briefly in­ter­rupted Thurs­day af­ter­noon when an old brown sta­tion wagon driven by two young boys crashed into the bawdy sign of a strip club.

The two boys, Tyler Chase and Michael May, play brothers in the up­com­ing South­ern ca­per com­edy “ Good In­ten­tions” which was film­ing scenes in New­born yes­ter­day and to­day. Though it will ap­pear to movie­go­ers that the boys are driv­ing the car, a stunt driver scrunched up be­neath the dash­board does the ac­tual driv­ing in the scene.

“ Good In­ten­tions” stars Elaine Hen­drix (“ The Par­ent Trap”) and Luke Perry (“ Bev­erly Hills, 90210”) as the par­ents of the two boys and is di­rected by Jim Issa. The movie is pro­duced by Shad­ow­light Pic­tures. Film­ing on the movie is set to wrap later this month with the re­main­ing scenes to be filmed in Rut­ledge.

The film prop of the bawdy sign with the pic­ture of a top­less wo­man caused a brief ruckus in an oth­er­wise quiet day of film­ing when one New­born res­i­dent called the New­born City Hall, ob­ject­ing to the sign.

In re­sponse to the res­i­dent’s ob­jec­tions, the mayor of New­born, J.W. Cum­mings, re­leased a brief state­ment to lo­cal me­dia, apol­o­giz­ing for the movie props set up to make it ap­pear that there was a strip club on John­son Street in New­born.

“I had no idea that they would be in such poor taste,” said Cum­mings in his state­ment. “I as­sure you that any other movie com­ing into the town will be scru­ti­nized more closely.”

In re­sponse to the con­cerns of Cum­mings, pro­duc­ers for the film also re­leased a state­ment to the me­dia say­ing that the town of New­born will not be iden­ti­fied in the movie. Rather scenes shot in New­born will be com­bined with other scenes filmed in Rut­ledge to cre­ate the fic­tional small Ge­or­gian town of Myra.

Pro­duc­ers also high­lighted the fact that the movie is a fam­ily-ori­ented com­edy with a “moral to the story” which is that peo­ple with good in­ten­tions will some­times make bad de­ci­sions even though their hearts are in the right place.

“We think it’s an in­ter­est­ing comic point that they’re crash­ing into the strip club sign,” said as­so­ci­ate pro­ducer Robert Bal­len­tine.

New­born City Clerk Elisa Rowe was quick to cau­tion that there was no dis­agree­ment be­tween film pro­duc­ers and the city of New­born.

“They’ve been great from the very be­gin­ning,” Rowe said of the film­mak­ers.

One would never know there was ever any con­ster- na­tion over the sign by the at­ti­tudes of res­i­dents of New­born who braved the hun­dred de­gree heat Thurs­day to visit the out­door film set.

While film crews worked to ready scenes for film­ing, lo­cal res­i­dents strolled up and down John­son Street, slurp­ing from snow cones pro­vided by the movie’s cater­ers and en­joy­ing the pres­ence of a ma­jor movie film crew in their small town.

Katy Kear­ney — who lives down the street from the D&R Food Cen­ter where inside film­ing took place ear­lier in the day — sat watch­ing the movie crews hap­pily from a lawn chair she had brought with her.

“It’s been pretty low-key,” said Kear­ney of the day’s film­ing. “The crew are all very nice.”

New­born res­i­dent Joe Hoff­man, whose front porch gave a great view of the film­ing tak­ing place 20 feet away, said he had been up since 4 a.m. watch­ing the crews get ready for the day’s film­ing. Hoff­man was gre­gar­i­ous enough to share his porch with other movie spectators who were quick to set up chairs on the spot.

The movie’s most fa­mous star, Luke Perry, was al­most un­rec­og­niz­able be­neath a trucker’s hat, sport­ing a beard and mus­tache for the role. Perry can cur­rently be seen co-star­ring in the HBO surf­ing drama “John from Cincin­nati.”

Ad­di­tional scenes from “Good In­ten­tions” will be filmed in New­born on Aug. 16 and 17. Sam Wal­ton’s pas­ture on Church Street will be used for film­ing. Goats from the pet­ting zoo Coun­try Crit­ters will be used for the pas­ture scene.

“Good In­ten­tions” also stars coun­try mu­sic star LeAnn Rimes — who is not ex­pected to be present in New­born for film­ing — and Jimmi Simp­son (“Zo­diac.”)

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Lights, cam­era, ac­tion: A con­tro­ver­sial “ gen­tle­men’s club” sign comes crash­ing to the ground in down­town New­born in a dra­matic car crash scene, filmed Thurs­day for an up­com­ing movie star­ing Luke Perry, Elaine Hen­drix and LeAnne Rimes.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Star power: Ac­tor Luke Perry, left, pre­pares to film a scene in down­town New­born as “Good In­ten­tions” di­rec­tor Jim Issa, right, read­ies the cast and crew for their next shot Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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