Cast and crew of Alexander Skarsgård’s latest movie Straw Dogs have arrived in Vivian, Louisiana for 2 days of shooting.
Trailers, props and extras. All signs Hollywood has come to Vivian.
“Trailers are everywhere. Over there at the city park you can’t even get through there,” Vivian resident Kate Kennedy said.
For two days, crews will be in town filming “Straw Dogs.” a remake of the 1971 original starring Dustin Hoffman.
“It gives it a different scenery to the town. It’s action. And anything like that is good for a town like this,” Vivian resident Jason Bauer said.
Bauer will have his hardware store right in the middle of the action. During the shoot, his customers will have to enter through the back of the store. A small sacrifice.
“Little bit of an inconvenience, but it’d be good for the town, puts us on the map a little bit more,” Vivian resident Daniel Allen said.
The whole town is expected to get a boost. Local police officers will be paid overtime for security. Area residents will be extras. And, that’s not all. Though the filming here will only last two days, the visual effects will last far past that. Some of the century old buildings got some new paint and a much needed facelift.
“Long overdue. I think they’ve done a great job doctoring up our community a little bit,” Mike VanSchoick, owner of General Wholesale said.
It’s a little change, with much greater excitement.
Film crews will be in Vivian through today (September 3). All shooting for the “Straw Dogs” movie is scheduled to wrap up October 12th.
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