David Wain recently began directing his new movie Wanderlust in my town of Monroe, GA. Part of the movie was filmed in Monroe on October 23rd. The movie features Jennifer Anniston and her acting role is as a hippie wife. The movie is not supposed to be good, but this is my first time really seeing the Hollywood scene. It seems as if the Wanderlust movie is getting more attention because of a Jennifer Anniston topless scene than anything else, but it is neat that it was filmed in my town.
When I heard it was going to be filmed in Monroe, I made up my mind to go watch the filming, just so I could see how it all works. I am glad I did. It is incredible to see the amount of technology they use, and the amount of tries it takes them to film the simplest scene. What I was most surprised about though, was how open the actors and actresses were to us. They did not block us out and act as if we weren’t there, they treated spectators like humans.
When my girlfriend and I first arrived, we couldn’t believe our eyes. The director had set up shop in a old used car lot, and there were people everywhere. They were receptive to us watching and trying to see the actors, as long as we did not interrupt. We got to personally see Jennifer Anniston, and this was the highlight of my girlfriend’s year. We did not talk to her or anything, but we watched her walk from the set of the movie to her awaiting limo. Some of the lesser known actors and actresses did talk to us, and that was quite refreshing.
The overall mood around the set was incredible. My little town is not Hollywood, so when a feature production decides to film here it is a big event for the community. Many of our neighbors and friends went to watch and a lot of them were also amazed by the same things we were. Many commented to us about how wired the place was with technology, while others talked about the openness of the actors. I feel that the community embraced the Hollywood scene and really did a great job welcoming them.
Although we did not get to talk to Anniston or the director, I still enjoyed myself. It was an amazing event, and it was a lot more pleasurable than expected. The directors and actors were not as arrogant as I anticipated, and the scene was more open than I expected. Overall it was a great time, and I feel as though my small town did a great job embracing the filming.