September 27th, 2011

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'Behind the Scenes' of Bahrani at the Iowa ARCA race and more

Heather Scoville lives near Iowa Speedway and her family has season tickets so she and her friend went to participate as extras when filming was taking place there back in July. Her story got posted on Here are the parts about Zac:
We saw Zac near some golf carts to the left of the driver introduction stage talking to someone in the crew. He had on a driver's firesuit, but had the top pulled down and had a black t-shirt on underneath. There were some insane young teen girls in the stands screaming and crying and yelling obscenities at us, which was lovely. As they led us down on to the track, those girls screamed at us that it was canceled and if we touched him they'd kill us. Talk about obsessed!

They didn't have to worry about us touching him, though. When they got us down to the track (which, by the way, was measured to be 115 degrees), we were behind a rope with flags on it nowhere close to Zac. The director (Ramin Bahrani) came up and thanked us all for being there and told us we couldn't scream 'Zac Efron' because his character is named Dean Whipple and it would ruin the take. He also said we weren't supposed to scream at all because at this point in the movie, he's relatively unknown and a pretty bad driver. We were to politely clap and give little a 'woooo!' as we would for any of the other drivers we didn't know.

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The post included a couple tiny pics:

Also a bit from that Daily Chronicle article a few days ago which I haven't posted yet. Filming info on the Sycamore Speedway:
Tiffany Gerace, manager of the Sycamore Speedway, also declined to comment on the compensation received for Bahrani’s film’s use of the speedway. She said some regular drivers will take part in the figure-eight racing scenes, which will replicate a normal race night at the speedway.

Race scenes for the film, which Sunday’s casting call sought extras for, will be filmed Oct. 8 at Sycamore Speedway. The film’s production supervisor Michele Baker said she was looking for extras to fill the stands of the speedway as well as people to fill certain speaking roles.

The article included some info on Illinois tax credits... Collapse )

Nicole included a brief note on what working with Lee Daniels is like on The Paperboy in answer to someone's question on directors on her official website:
At the moment I’m filming Paperboy with Lee Daniels who did “Precious”. He’s extremely different from anybody else i’ve worked with– he’s very spontaneous and immediate.