Actor Billy Bob Thornton made an unannounced swing through downtown Cedartown Tuesday, including a stop at Holmes for Her, a female clothing store, where he chatted and posed for pictures with the store’s owners and customers.
“He was a super, super nice guy,” said Stephen Casey, with related downtown business Holmes Clothing.
Casey said Thornton confirmed that he is looking for “a metro-Atlanta area downtown and also a plantation house.”
“He’s also been to Rome and Cartersville, among others,” Casey said. “He said they are looking for a place to shoot several scenes.”
Thornton also was said to be struck by the appearance of Cedartown’s historic West Cinema, a working movie theater that has recently been restored and has the classic look of smalltown theaters of decades past.
Casey said he was told that the film’s era is to be sometime in the 1960s. The film is to co-star actor Robert Duvall. Thornton also indicated the film crew, were Cedartown to be selected, would be on-site for two weeks to a month. Filming could begin in August or September.
“He said that of all the towns, Cedartown was his favorite,” Casey said.
Thornton’s visit was brief and was made with no advance publicity to local media.
According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, details were leaked in January about a film to be directed by Thornton and co-starring Duvall called “Jayne Mansfield’s Car.” In an interview with the magazine, Duvall described the movie as a “Southern tale” that “puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat — it’s that brilliant.”
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