Miss-Lou residents get excited about ‘Wolverine’ filming in Ferriday
FERRIDAY — The Miss-Lou has lit up with movie star excitement recently as crews are in the area filming a sequel to “Wolverine.”
People have reported seeing the film’s star, Hugh Jackman, around Ferriday and Vidalia, including Rachel Lindsey, who was surprised to see the actor at Vidalia Total Fitness. She said when she arrived Jackman was doing his workout in between talking to people and even taking pictures.
Lindsey said Jackman initiated the conversation with her, and they took a photo together.
“He took my phone from me and took the picture himself, which is great because my hands were shaking,” Lindsey said. “He’s the nicest guy, with the greatest accent.”
Actors and crew have also been spotted in Natchez. Nancy Best, part of the management at Bowie’s Tavern and The Pub, said she has seen members of the movie’s crew at both businesses.
“We treat them like everyone else,” Best said. “We just want them to come in, relax and feel at home.”
Mayor Gene Allen said the excitement would continue as the recent thunderstorms have delayed filming and caused the production to be in Ferriday longer than expected.
“Wolverine” was originally scheduled to move on toward Sicily Island after today. Allen, who said he met actors Elise Neal and Eriq LaSalle Tuesday, said Fox Louisiana Productions would be here a few more days filming.
“They are very excited about the area,” Allen said. “We have a beautiful area here for them. I am excited they are here.”
Richard Crews, a salesman with True Value Hardware in Ferriday, said the production has been a mixed blessing.
“They came in and bought all of our tents to try to stay out of the heat,” he said. “And they must have spent $100 on mosquito spray.”
On the other side, Crews said the steady stream of people who usually come into the business has been less steady, but that’s given him a little bit of time to watch the window.
“We had a stunt man come in yesterday,” he said. “He was just killing time after they finished filming his scene. He said he was headed back to Colorado.”
Crews said he’s seen military equipment go down the road as well as a pretty fancy futuristic-looking police car. Some animal trainers also came by the store and talked about a bear being in the film, Crews said.
One of the farmers who frequents the store said filmmakers had been working in a cornfield, Crews said.
On the other side of that shopping center, close to the barricade, Dollar General manager Andrea Morton said her business wasn’t benefiting as much.
“You can’t get into our parking lot,” she said. “I like that this is putting Ferriday on the map, but they should have thought out this route better. Hardly anyone is coming to this side of town.”
The police barricade to block people from going up Louisiana 15 is in front of Dollar General. On E.E. Wallace Boulevard back toward Louisiana Avenue, a partial barricade warns people of a detour to Louisiana 568, which reroutes to Louisiana 900 for people headed to Clayton.
“Some of our business comes from Clayton,” Morton said. “This is going to hurt my bottom line at the end of the month.”
Allen said overall he believes the filming will be good for business in Ferriday.
“I’ve heard good things from business owners,” he said. “I think in the long run, it will help our community.”
This sequel is rumored to be Jackman’s last time performing in the role of the superhero based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. The Australian actor posted on Instagram in March: “Wolverine … One last time.”
Not much is known about the upcoming movie, but the studio revealed it “takes place in the future … it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”
The budget of the sequel has been reported to be $127 million. It also stars Patrick Stewart and Boyd Holbrook. The movie is being directed by James Mangold.
The third “Wolverine” film, which has a working title of “Juarez,” is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2017.
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