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Sep 19th
12:35 pm
Bahrani Filming Info Updates  
To update speculation on when Zac will be back in Illinois, some new info has come up through casting and local news info.

The Rochelle News-Leaders says they will be filming in Rochelle, IL on October 14th:
A large portion of filming is taking place in DeKalb County, but downtown Rochelle is getting in on the action as well...

On Oct. 14, film crews will start setting up at 10 a.m. and work will continue until roughly 1 a.m. the next morning.

A local casting agency also listed a request for a photo-double a few days ago. They stated that the person needed to be available September 26 to October 14.

Given this information it sounds like they have expanded their shooting time by several days, especially if this does not include the North Carolina filming (if that is still planned).

In other news, the casting call had a huge turn-out.

The local news did a report on the casting session here. Only mentions Zac but if you are bored, enjoy.

Also a pic from inside the theater from Emily_Bidstrup:

Mood: boredbored
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butterflybee260: grinbutterflybee260 on September 19th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)

He needs to stay in LA until this weekend so I can stalk...I mean...visit him. :) It's my birthday Zef, throw me a bone.
Bee: Zac – Details - plaid - profilejeezbee on September 19th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I hope he loses some of his face chubs by the time he goes back to IL and doesn't add to it. It would look stupid if his face goes up and down between scenes.

Nice to see such enthusiasm in DeKalb for the movie.

Edited at 2011-09-19 07:06 pm (UTC)
The Writers Denmusewriter on September 19th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about that...time to start working out, Zef.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 19th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
You can tell he has been working out (body/arm wise), but I don't know what else he could do to get rid of his "chubby" face without over-exercising the rest of his body. If that makes sense.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on September 20th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Nice to see such enthusiasm in DeKalb for the movie.

Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 19th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
So September 26th is when Zac is expected to be in IL?
I'm just assuming here, but wouldn't over a thousand people at the casting session for background roles be a lot? I do agree it is nice seeing so much enthusiasm for it, but that may just be because of Zac and Dennis Quaid, and not the movie itself.
kleth on September 20th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Stop exercising, lose weight!
In this case, I'm not sure that working out is the solution. Zac's natural body type is slender, and at his age (at least during the past several years) he has enjoyed youthful high metabolism. He has twice undertaken strenuous body-building regimens to GAIN weight -- before [i]Hairspray[/i] and before [i]The Lucky One[/i]. Unlike most of us, who must work out to lose weight, Zac has had to work out to gain weight. He has reduced daily caloric intake with the special daily meal hampers provided by that service. Now perhaps he needs to reduce exercise as well. Increased exercise may just maintain/increase his muscle bulk and support his overall body weight, including the extra padding in his face.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 20th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Stop exercising, lose weight!
That's what I meant.
annabelle83 on September 20th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
I like that they put the production on hold until Zac is available. They wanted Zac for the movie, and whether it's because Bahrani really wanted to work with Zac or he just needed a big name to get enough budget, either way it's an indication of Zac's talent and influence. So proud of him :o)
kleth on September 20th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I wonder. The split shooting schedule may have been convenient for the Untitled Bahrani Project anyway, if the story needed some seasonal background changes. Still, it says something that they kept Zac in the cast of both movies; adjusting to his availability had to require some fiddling.

But I'm also wondering just how "bankable" Zac is. Right after 17 Again, he was looking good. He had starred in three theatrical releaases (Hairspray, HSM3, and 17 Again) and they had all done very well at the box office. Then came M&OW (Zac's name couldn't even wangle a distribution deal) and CStC, which got wide distribution but wilted at the box office. At that point, if I were a cynical Hollywood mogul, I'd have said "Nice career, kid. Have you thought about real estate?"

I have a different theory. Producers and directors must talk among themselves. ("Hey, I'm doing this movie that needs a young guy in a major role; someone suggested Efron, what do you think?") His appendicitis story must have made the rounds in Hollywood ("You can count on this guy to finish your movie, if he has to crawl to the last scene on his hands and knees"). Zac's reputation for amiability and intense work ethic must be getting around.

So maybe he's getting signed to these projects not so much for his celebrity but because people like to work with him.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 20th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
FWIW, MAOW not getting a distrib deal was bigger than Zac's appeal. It was the worst year for indie deals pretty much. CSTC didn't help but people who can look beyond knee-jerk responses see that the genre, with a few key exceptions, generally sucks box-office-wise and Zac was the only reason it even made it into double-digits.

I do think he obviously has cooled off popularity-wise but that's ok imo... to a point. He has to cool off to get hot again. And while I think his amiability and work ethic on set helps his reputation, I think on top of that enough people can see beyond the surface details and beyond a necessary transition period to see that he is talented and he will do well long-term if he stays on track.

ETA: Totally spaced, I meant to include... I'm almost 100% positive the Bahrani project financing hinged on Zac's involvement and his availability.

Edited at 2011-09-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
kleth on September 20th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Need to track that down, because if true that would be huge.

I agree with what you're saying; I'm not trying to analyze why M&OW and CStC didn't do well, I'm just saying they didn't and the potential consequences of that.

"And while I think his amiability and work ethic on set helps his reputation, I think on top of that enough people can see beyond the surface details and beyond a necessary transition period to see that he is talented"

That's part of what I mean. When the producers and directors talk amongst themselves, word from those who have worked with him will get around, that the whole teen idol thing was just something he stumbled into, that he's an actor who delivers and who you can work with.

I guess the essence of my communique is that the community of producers and directors are the first people who will recognize Zac for what he is, and that's part of the reason he's getting offered good parts even after a couple of disappointing outings.