Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Famed Director Films at Bombing Memorial

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Famed Director Films at Bombing Memorial

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Cameron Crowe and crew filmed scenes Thursday afternoon at Oklahoma City's National Memorial and Survivor Tree for Paramount's upcoming Elizabethtown.

Part of that crew includes People magazine's Hottest Bachelor Orlando Bloom, one of the stars of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pirates of the Caribbean.

While filmmakers and Paramount officials would have preferred a closed set with no media, such was not the case. With only about 100 onlookers and a small number of media, still Paramount officials were visibly unnerved, ensuring fans and certain camera folks were kept at bay for fear actors would be distracted while shooting Bloom's impending somber scene.

Paramount officials said this is a very important scene for the film and hoped the set would be as closed as possible. And they made every attempt to keep it that way, especially after Bloom arrived.

Gov. Brad Henry, daughter Leah and family friend Aimee Canavan were on hand with cast extras at Markie's Deli, 612 N. Robinson Ave., to meet Crowe and Bloom.

Filming began at the Survivor Tree during the late afternoon, after the crew finished filming other scenes in El Reno. Filmmakers chose to include the Survivor Tree for its significance and for being a moving place, as Drew Baylor, the main character played by Bloom, is going through a very introspective time in his life, attempting to come to terms with his father's death, officials told The Journal Record. It is a very significant place for him to visit in the film, and he has a very moving moment there.

Drew is on a road trip home from Kentucky where he has just buried his father. He's been given a handwritten map of interesting places he should stop along the way that includes the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

And according to Kari Watkins, memorial executive director, this very significant place is significant for reasons other than just Crowe's film. …

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