If you give them tax breaks they will come. Southern Louisiana has been slap full of casts and crews for several big name pictures recently. Much of the filming goes on in the neighborhoods surronding my house (last weekend this included some of the chase scenes for The Dukes Of Hazzard). And yeah, nice for the local economy and all that, but damn it fucks up my work commute (all 2 miles of it) and errand running. While I do not view this as a worthwhile trade, the celebrity spotting has been quite fun. Well, really more so than the spotting is the stories I get to hear. So-and-so saw you-know-who at such-and-such place. Here are some of the folks I’ve heard tale of (and quite a few of whom have patroned my place of work): Sean William Scott, Jessica Simpson (but no yarns about Nick), James Gandolfini, Jude Law and Sean Penn. And I’m not the type to get star struck, but there are two movie people in the city that I would love to bump into: Lindsay Lohan (who was seen shopping a few blocks from my house the other day) and #1 on my list has to be Jackie Earl Haley (Kelly Leak from The Bad News Bears). And I hope the stylists are getting paid double time for having to creat hair and make-up that can withstand the New Orleans weather (also, I would like to solicit free advice from these hard working image creators).
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