Hollywood stars shine in Rutledge this week
The city fathers of Rutledge may, at least for a few weeks, want to consider changing the townâ€™s slogan.
Starting this week Morgan Countyâ€™s â€œSmall But Specialâ€� city is â€œSmall But Special and Glamorous.â€�
Hollywood and Nashville have come calling.
The town, along with Newbornâ€™s Main Street, is serving as a backdrop for â€œGood Intentions,â€� an independent film starring country recording artist LeAnn Rimes and former â€œ90210â€� star Luke Perry. Filming started Monday and will last approximately two weeks, said Producer Pamela Peacock. The movie is Rimesâ€™ first dramatic role. In between filming she was scheduled to perform at Chastain Park yesterday.
Peacock said Rutledge was selected, in part, because of its proximity to Atlanta and because it provided â€œa small town with a real small town feel.â€�Â Location Manager Steve Dirkes said once he identified Rutledge he knew the production company would choose Rutledge. â€œI knew they would love it.â€�
Peacock said the production crew would be staying in Madison for the next two weeks. Rimes and the crew dined at the Madison Chophouse Monday night.
The film is a comedy and is the debut of the southern-based Shadowlight Pictures. According to a press release, the film is an â€œoffâ€"beat, Southern caper comedy centering on the small town strugglesâ€� of a woman and her â€œhopeless husband.â€� A robbery, fake antiques and, of course, a sheriff are involved. Rimes plays a sympathetic sister. Perry plays the â€œhopeless husband who â€œblows every nickel he makes trying to get rich on hareâ€"brained inventions and race car sponsorshipsâ€¦â€�
Red Caboose owner Ed Hogan, whoâ€™s establishment will become part of the movie, said the city had welcomed the production company with open arms. â€œIâ€™m thrilled about it. It shows you that these people see Rutledge as what it is â€" a good small town. We havenâ€™t been engulfed yet.â€�
Hogan said the production had also provided boost to the local economy. Along with the Red Caboose, Yesterdayâ€™s CafÃ©, Rutledge Hardware, the downtown park and the cityâ€™s ball field and other local areas are to be used as locations.
Peacock said once production is complete the producers will begin searching for a distribution company. If no deal is struck, Peacock said the film will make itâ€™s debut at the Sundance Film Festival.