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As more films like ‘Last of Robin Hood’ are filmed in Atlanta, opportunities for extras are abundant
Seeing Will Ferrell (or is it Ron Burgundy?) on Peachtree Street. Meeting Jim Carrey in a Buckhead Barnes & Noble. Shopping in downtown Athens with Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams. Even receiving wardrobe compliments from Kevin Kline. All totally plausible ventures now that Atlanta and other Georgia cities and towns are becoming go-tos in the film industry for both major and independent studios.
As Southerners, we love to entertain. So it is no surprise that in recent years, the state has emerged as a center for the entertainment industry, drawing hundreds Hollywood productions and cranking out some of music's biggest stars. But Georgia's rise to stardom started well before this surge. We'll tell you where to go to learn about this legacy and enjoy good music and movies this summer.
Thanks to the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, passed in 2008, filmmakers can save up to 30 percent of many dollars they spend here. Although twenty-four other states offer similar incentives, Georgia’s great locations, facilities, industry professionals, and easy transportation sweeten the deal.
Have you ever considered the uncanny similarities between the divas of reality TV and the stars of professional wrestling? Think about it. The manufactured rivalries and fistfights? The outlandish costumes? The unbridled egos, the double-crossed friendships, the sexual intrigue? We prove our point:
A recent local call for *The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1* sought “men and women skinny types,” while *Teen Wolf* wanted “shirtless guys with athletic bodies (solid chests and abs)” between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. There’s a part for every body—it just might take a little patience to find yours.
The ad read: “We are seeking a few additional men on a pilot starring Kevin Bacon—men mid 20s to 50s, clean-cut FBI and police types—Must be available to work in Conyers, GA, starting at 6 a.m. and lasting all day both Monday and Tuesday—If you fit this and are available, please email a recent photo and all contact info.”
Anderson Martin has taught his three daughters how to take a punch (maintain eye contact with the puncher to time the recoil), how to fall off a building (flatten your body to distribute the impact), and the proper way to get thrown into a trash can while wearing a cocktail dress and stilettos (pray you’ve sufficiently padded the bottom of the can). He has taught them how to react when they’re shot (well, with blanks), set on fire, or turned into zombies.
Last spring, Gainesville resident Angela Ivey, a part-time church administrator, was working at home when she noticed a suspicious woman walking around in her driveway. When Angela questioned her, the woman said she was a movie location scout and asked to come inside and take photos. Yeah, right, thought Angela.