Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon visit Troup County to film movie

Stars using plantation home as movie set

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJune 30, 2011 

Insert your own Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon punchline here.

Bacon, Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton are among the actors filming part of a movie in Troup County this week. They’re using a plantation home on Adams Road, outside LaGrange and near West Point, Ga.

The film, “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” is set in 1969 Alabama. It’s been called a story of a “fractured military family.” Duvall plays a family patriarch, and Thornton directs and stars in the movie.

Has an obsession with star sightings kicked in? You better believe it.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Laura Jennings, tourism director for the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and Bureau of Tourism.

The Troup County filming is being done on a closed set, and no local extras have been used. Still, the social media world is buzzing with reports of encounters with the actors.

Bacon, Duvall and Thornton hung out at Idle Hour Pub in LaGrange, Jennings said. Duvall and Thornton were part of an approximately 15-person group that dined at C’sons, a downtown LaGrange restaurant.

“We had a really good time. They loved our cocktails and martinis,” said manager Christina Harman, one of two restaurant employees who waited on the group in a sectioned-off area at C’sons.

Fans lucky enough to meet the film’s main actors have said good things, according to Jennings.

“They’re just amazed at how patient they are with the excitement from their local fans,” she said.

Shooting for the film started Monday and is expected to continue through at least Saturday, Jennings said. Some 130 hotel rooms are booked between two LaGrange hotels in conjunction with the project, she added.

Will the actors make more public appearances? Some people hope the stars will compete in a hot dog eating contest set to take place Friday night in LaGrange’s Lafayette Square.

It’s hardly a definite “yes” -- but maybe not a definite “no,” either.

“You just never know with these guys,” Jennings said.

Sonya Sorich, 706-571-8516.

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