Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movie in Savannah

While our friend, Sadia, was visiting we discovered that a movie was being filmed in Savannah about the famous (and now closed) CBGB music club in New York City. You can click here to find out more about the club and here to see who all is playing in the movie.
It was all very exciting, watching them transform Congress street into a little piece of the Bowery in New York, right down to the trash, the many cigarette butts and empty liquor bottles.
Because Congress street has many shops, they did not completely close it off, which allowed us to watch the happenings from quite close up!
That's Alan Rickman with the red curly hair
(by the time I realized it was him, I only got a photo from the back)
Most exciting for Sadia and I (we are both great Harry Potter fans) was that both Alan Rickman (Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) are in this movie. Alan Rickman plays Hilly Kristal, the owner of the club, and Rupert Grint is playing Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys.
Rupert Grint in the background. Not a great photo, but I'm keeping it!
We saw and heard them act and we had so much fun! For a few days I turned into a star-struck teenager again...
Besides the two big stars, we also got to see Stana Katic (she plays Kate Becket in Castle), Johnny Galecki (Leonard of the Big Bang Theory), Justin Bartha, Donal Logan and the real Cheetah Chrome.
They brought in cars from the 70s. Not very many and I'll be curious to see if the same five cars keep driving by in the movie.
Don't you love this old cab?
And there's Savannah's famous Paula Deen restaurant and store in the background.

They are still filming now, but inside the studio. I'm sure all the actors and the crew are happy to be out of the great heat and humidity. This is probably not a movie I would have watched, but of course after all of this I can't wait for it to come to the movie theaters!



  1. How exciting, huh?!....although I don't recognize any of the actors you mentioned. LOL I'm an old girl. Nothing much new catches my attention...unless it has good music attached to it! ^_^

    1. Well, this movie is all about the music! Although it's mostly music I don't know very much... ;-)

  2. Liebe Silke,

    der Besuch bei dir hat mich wieder sehr erfreut.

    Ich wünsche dir weiterhin schöne Stunden.

    Alles Liebe


  3. Ooh Silke that's really cool, I am a tad jealous and I think my daughter would die if she ever saw Alan Rickman or Rupert Grint she's a HUGE harry potter fan.
    CBGB'S was the playing home to some awesome bands, I bet the film will be a good one :o)

  4. oh how super fun and cool is that!!!!!

  5. How fun!!! Debbie Harry and the Ramones!!! Yes, I AM that old! Love the cars too. Looks like a great date for you and your friend. **blows kisses** Deb

  6. Somehow I can't help feeling a little sorry for the cast and crew, but I suppose they are used to constantly being watched and photographed by curious onlookers whenever they film anywhere outside a studio.
    Why didn't they film in New York?

  7. Dear Silke,
    Lucky YOU! I LOVE Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint!
    Did you know that Rupert got to carry the Olympic Torch? I saw it on the BBC.
    And hey, I know people make fun of Paula Deen, but I like her! She talks (and looks) very much like my Aunt Jean. I think we might be related! (I just can't cook though!)
    And in answer to Meike above, Georgia gives some terrific tax breaks to companies filming in this state so it is cheaper to film here.

  8. Your story reminds me of when they filmed Spiderman in my old neighborhood in Queens. It is fun to see the movie action! I'm glad you & Sadia got to share the experience.

  9. Also, that cab looks like a Checker cab. They used to be made in Kalamazoo.