The exodus took only about four hours. It was the next step, however, that proved far more daunting.
With the help of film production crews, Rubio's restaurant was transformed into a TopperJacks, the fictional fast food chain at the center of the locally filmed
Described to Rubio as "swarm of bees," film crews descended upon on the restaurant just days prior to the
The finished product, which was first showcased in the film's teaser trailer and appears on the film's poster alongside McCarthy, is just one of the local places that dot the production's map.
But for Rubio, who appears as an extra during a scene shot outside his restaurant, the film's visit marks an especially proud moment for his business, even if he wasn't all too sure what the movie was when he was initially approached.
To celebrate his involvement in the film, The Grille is now offering a "Tammy"-inspired burger combo that comes straight from the film. The TopperJacks Backyard Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle chips and barbecue sauce, comes with fries, a drink, an apple pie and a TopperJacks banner stuck right in the middle for the price of
"We're going to run the special (until) the popularity wears off. We might even put it to our permanent menu," Rubio said.
The R-rated comedy opens in
McCarthy also co-wrote and produced the film with her husband
For unit production manager
"Melissa and Ben were focused and knew exactly what they wanted. They were business first, but it was OK to have fun with the material," he said. "The challenge for us, though, was providing them an atmosphere where creativity could flow and there is no distractions."
But working on a star-studded comedy with McCarthy was always susceptible to a few side-splitting distractions.
In the film's teaser trailer sequence, Tammy robs a TopperJacks in
"It was actually the most fun night of the production. We were all exhausted, it was
In her exhausted state, Landau went above and beyond the director's request, breaking out in full dance mode, even though she was only asked to do simple movements as she walked. They loved it.
As a photo double, Landau wore wear the exact same clothes and wig as McCarthy, but only appears on screen when the actress' face is not shown. Throughout production, Landau found herself mistaken for the actress. Sometimes, in very public ways.
"There would be a couple of times I would watch the local news and they would say "
Working on a road movie meant that when Landau wasn't stepping in for McCarthy in a particular scene, she was driving around the region in Tammy's car so crews could capture the necessary on-the-road shots.
"If you ever saw a Cadalliac with the mirrors hanging off and a jet ski in the back with a blanket over it driving around town, that was me," Landau said, laughing.
Traversing the region also was a job requirement for Location Plus'
"There has been so much filming done in this area over the years, there aren't that many golden nuggets left to find. But I do my best," he said.
The production originally looked at
Thanks to the suggestion of producer
Here, Hewett was able to deliver locations like Blue Post Billards in downtown
During location scouting for the land-locked film, one of Hewett's self-described "Achilles' heels" was the abundance of palm trees in the region.
"We had to do a lot of movie magic to work around that," Hewett said, adding that a few places allowed them to remove unwanted palms.
But for all the struggles he overcame, it made up for it when he found those "golden nuggets." One that Hewett is particularly proud of is the cinematic lake house scene, which was filmed at a private residence near Masonboro Sound. The house has only been used once before, in HBO's movie "Mary and Martha."
The lakefront home, owned by the characters played by Bates and Oh, is the site of a
The female-centric sequence required 250 female extras and 10 men. It was just a dent in the amount of extras used in the film.
"Having to deal with that many extras and communicating with all of them is tough," Siu said. "But when you have big celebrities involved like this, everybody was jumping at the chance to be in this movie."
While Siu admitted that some of the days were "excruciatingly" long, she does recalls a consistent note of generosity from Tammy herself.
"No matter how tired
Dozens of local locations will hit the big screen this week when the locally filmed comedy "Tammy" opens Wednesday. Before you head out to the theater, here are five local hotspots to look out for in the film.
1. Blue Post Billards (
3. Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot (
4. The Grille (
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