After making the mega-successful summer blockbuster hit The Heat, Melissa McCarthy (the beloved Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls and the hilarious Megan from Bridesmaids) came to Niagara Falls last month to film her next movie, a road comedy called Tammy.
With the august Niagara Falls gracing the background, Ms. McCarthy, Sandra Oh, and Academy Award winners Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates, filmed a scene from the observation deck at Niagara Falls State Park. Neither Ms. McCarthy nor Ms. Sarandon had seen the Falls before. Filming the movie there was a special treat for both.
Written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, and directed by Mr. Falcone, Tammyis a comedy about a woman going on a road trip with her grandmother after losing her job and finding out that her husband has been unfaithful. Dan Ackroyd is also part of the talented cast.
Most of the movie’s filming locations were in North Carolina. Niagara Falls was the one location that was outside of the state. As to why Niagara Falls was chosen for the movie, Ms. McCarthy said, “It seems like it had to be something kind of big and amazing and we just kind of thought this was the prefect spot for it, because you had to see it to believe it.”
“We’re elated when we have a production like this with A-list actors,” said John Percy, president of Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. “Millions will view Niagara Falls on that big screen in 2014, and that is invaluable to this destination.”
“We’re excited because not only are we going to get the benefits from the film but also economic benefits right now this week,” Mr. Percy also shared. “From them being in the destination, and the money they’re spending in restaurants and food and beverage and hotels.”
Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, said about 120 crew members (approximately half was local), were working on the film last month. The production brought an economic boom to the Niagara Falls area.
“We love this kind of thing,” said State parks spokesperson Angela Berti. “It obviously provides great visibility for the falls and the city. It’s exciting for us.”
Tammy is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2014.
If you’re interested in filming in the Niagara Falls area, visit the Buffalo-Niagara Film Commission. For information on filming in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Film Office. We’re proud to share that both are Reel-Scout clients.
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