Billy Bob Thorn­ton film­ing in Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - Front Page - Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Billy Bob Thorn­ton’s lat­est movie, “Jayne Mans­field’s Car,” is film­ing in Ge­or­gia, and Cov­ing­ton will play host to the film­ing of a fu­neral scene.

Movie crews will be film­ing at Lester Lackey Fu­neral Home, 1163 Reynolds St. S.W., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 13, Lester Lackey said Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous me­dia, the movie is a dram­edy set in 1960s Alabama about the clash of fam­i­lies from Eng­land and the Amer­i­can Deep South. That clash may play out in Lackey’s

fu­neral par­lor, as Lackey said the scene in­volves two fam­i­lies meet­ing there, in­clud­ing one fam­ily from Lon­don.

A cast mem­ber said Lackey's fu­neral home was cho­sen be­cause "it's a very South­ern home, a very South­ern plan­ta­tion." He said the pro­duc­tion com­pany had con­sid­ered film­ing at White­hall, but ar­range­ments didn't work out.

The ma­jor­ity of film­ing has oc­curred in Cedar­town, Ga., but Billy Bob Thorn­ton and crews were seen film­ing on Ga. High­way 213 in New­ton County re­cently, in­clud­ing a sight­ing of the fa­mous grey 1966 Buick Elec­tra 225 in which Jayne Mans­field, ac­tress and sex sym­bol, died in a car wreck.

The movie is sched­uled to be re­leased in 2013, and Thorn­ton is di­rect­ing, co-writ­ing and star­ring in the film.

The in­de­pen­dent film is be­ing fi­nanced by Rus­sian pro­ducer Alexan­der Rod­nyan­sky, ac­cord­ing to va­ri­ety.com, and is laden with stars in­clud­ing Kevin Ba­con, Robert Du­vall, John Hurt, Frances O'Con­ner, Ray Steven­son and Den­nis Quaid.

In an in­ter­view with En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, Du­vall de­scribed part of the plot.

"It's about a guy in be­tween WWI and WWII who raises a fam­ily af­ter his wife left him for an English­man and moved to Eng­land," Du­vall told EW.com. "When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the char­ac­ter hasn't seen her in 20 or 30 years. The two fam­i­lies - her orig­i­nal fam­ily she aban­doned and her English fam­ily - meet and then things get re­ally in­ter­est­ing."

In other movie news, "Amer­i­can Re­union" crew mem­bers are prep­ping New­ton High School for film­ing next week. The movie is the fourth in the "Amer­i­can Pie" se­ries and serves as the 10-year high school re­union for much of the orig­i­nal cast from the 1999 hit.

And the "Vam­pire Diaries" TV se­ries is re­turn­ing to Cov­ing­ton for its third sea­son on the CW Net­work af­ter the sea­son two fi­nale gar­nered 2.86 mil­lion view­ers. The show will be­gin film­ing in July.

Fi­nally, if you're preg­nant, have a cute baby or tod­dler or are Ethiopian, "What To Ex­pect When You're Ex­pect­ing," star­ring Cameron Diaz and Jen­nifer Lopez, wants you to be an ex­tra. The film is hav­ing an open cast­ing call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day at Ho­tel Mid­town, 125 10th St. in Atlanta.

BILLY BOB THORN­TON

AC­TOR

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