Filming continued Saturday at Berry College’s Oak Hill and is expected to wrap up Wednesday.
“It’s a lot of waiting, but they feed you well,” said Colin Kelly, of Rome. “One interesting thing that I’ve noticed about it is all of the folks that they have brought in, that Disney has brought in, are just really good folks — easy to talk to, don’t play ‘Hollywood.’ They’re not ‘better than thou’ kind of folks. They’ll remember your name and things like that. The receptionist, when we went down to costume today, he remembered my name, which is unbelievable. He had to have seen 300 to 400 people.”
He and fellow Roman Tom Isabel admitted, however, that a lot of their time is spent waiting to be called to the set.
“We’ve been here since 5:30 this morning,” Isabel said. “They said we’d work a 12-hour day, at least 12 hours. They said they film for 12 hours so you might get here at 5:30 a.m. and they might not start filming until 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., whatever.” He said he could be on the set through Wednesday.
Both Isabel and Kelly fill some of their dead time talking to some of the other extras, many of whom are from outside Rome.
“There are a lot of people from out of town,” Isabel said. “(They) follow around movies. You can tell by talking to them that a lot of them are not from around here.”
“I suspect that, of all the people who are here as extras, probably 75 or 80 percent of them do this on a regular basis,” Kelly added.
But even as extras, Isabel said, they’ll get to see a little “movie magic.”
Finally, a voice called, “Everyone on set,” and the two Romans happily went off to work.
The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas. Witherspoon plays a New York fashion designer who accept a proposal but doesn’t tell her suitor she’s not divorced yet.
She returns to the small Alabama town where her husband lives to ask for an annulment only to fall back in love with him.
Oak Hill, located at Veterans Memorial Highway and U.S. 27 north of downtown Rome, sports an antebellum, white mansion that was the ancestral home of Berry College founder Martha Berry.
The spot was one reason filmmakers decided to shoot in Rome.
Filming has also been done at Coosa Country Club and Ma-gretta Hall