Here's kind of a fun article about a guy who is apparently going to be Johnny's stand-in in during the Columbus filming
TUE., MAR 11, 2008 - 1:44 PM Conklin: Depp doubles rise to the occasion Melanie Conklin firstname.lastname@example.org
It's hard to think of a better conversation-starter at a party or when interviewing for a sound tech job in Hollywood than "I was a stand-in for Johnny Depp."
That's something it appears Madison Media Institute student Kurt Szempruch will be doing Monday on the set of the movie "Public Enemies," filming in Columbus.
"We have very limited information, but I got a phone call last week saying they most likely want me to be a Johnny Depp stand-in," says Szempruch. "The only other things they told me were to free up the next few weeks of my life and don 't cut my hair."
Szempruch went to the casting call at Monona Terrace last month and was pulled from the line. It turns out he is the same weight, height and jacket size as Depp. That makes him ideal for standing in for Depp while sound and lighting are set up, perhaps walking through some lines or scenes.
The 24-year-old Gurnee, Ill., native will graduate from the sound/audio program at his school in May and says he's very interested in doing sound for films. He currently works for Badger State DJs mixing music in clubs around town.
"When I tell people, the reaction is usually, Why I didn't know Johnny Depp was that ... ' They pause and I say, Short?'"
Depp and Szempruch are about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
It seems that height was a key at the casting call, as Allen Hutchinson, another Madison Media Institute student who was selected, is also about 5-foot-9. But he's going to be on camera, rather than posing as Depp.
Hutchinson, who is known as "Hutch" as a musician and producer around Madison, concurs that details are sketchy. He says, "I've been told I'm going to be in an outdoor scene, fully wardrobed."
He too was told not to cut his hair and not to tan because they want him pale, but he has an appointment today that could last up to eight hours for cutting, dyeing or whatever else the folks from Universal want to do to ready him.
"Hopefully I 'll be a public enemy," he says. "I was picked due to my height, my pigmentation and my hair."
For Hutchinson, this is another lucky break in what's been a good year following a lousy one.
In February 2006, the Kenosha native was in a "horrible" car accident that injured his head and back, ruined a new car he'd saved years to purchase and caused him to miss school and go into debt with medical bills.
"It's literally been quite a pain, but now good things are happening for me," says Hutchinson. "I won Mountain Dew's Battle of the Bands, I got this role and in May I'll be graduating. "
There is a photo of the guy on the link below, and he's got longish hair, so at first I was puzzled why they told him not to cut it. But I realized that they're probably going to give him a haircut of their own liking, and they may as well start with it long! Here's the link to the article:
Here's another article- this one's about a woman who doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humor about them filming in her town
TUE., MAR 11, 2008 - 2:22 PM Conklin: Columbus gets makeover for Depp film By MELANIE CONKLIN email@example.com Rhonda Reese, general manager for the Midwest Horse Fair, knows all about the makeover Columbus is getting to prepare for the coming of Johnny Depp and his "Public Enemies " filming.
The sets are being built underneath her.
Reese's office is on the first floor of a building on Ludington Street, where the construction team has set up shop in the basement garage. In fact, when location scout Adam Boor, from P.E. Productions LLC, showed up, she marched him in to her office so he could hear the sawing and hammering.
Boor apologized, but that wasn 't what Reese was after: "All the construction is happening under my office, so we need a Johnny Depp visit. I want a picture of him sitting on our horse. "
The horse is a full-size fiberglass horse that was in the office window. It has been relocated as Reese 's building is being turned into a movie theater, complete with a marquee and ticket window.
She says transformation of Columbus began in earnest on Thursday. Nearby buildings are becoming bridal, cigar and women 's clothing stores. False rubber rolls that look like cobblestone will be laid on the streets, buildings are being painted and street lights may be taken down temporarily.
Universal already has a security guard "on set " on the streets at night and an ambulance on site.
Filming in Columbus will be March 17 for a scene recreating the Greencastle, Ind., bank robbery with Depp driving the getaway car. But Reese says she 's been told there may be some future shooting once the weather gets better. Kim Bates, executive director of Columbus Main Street, also has heard the city may again host the crew. She says that when scouts came to see the Farmers & Merchants Union Bank designed by Louis Sullivan, "They turned around and looked at our downtown and said, What a find! ' It 's really a tribute to our historic preservation. "
Bates owns a gallery at 116 W. James St., which is being converted into the Greencastle bank Depp will rob by adding a false second entrance. "When they told me Johnny Depp was going to be in here, I lost my breath, " admits Bates.
And while Reese would also like to meet Depp, the movie better not interfere with her work.
"We 're worried because this is our busiest time of year, " she says, adding that the Horse Fair is just over a month away. "We 've heard that hundreds if not thousands of people may show up and I may not be able to get to my office. We may need to have to have a slumber party here the night before. "
She 's already made the crew move so she could get to her parking spot. What if Depp takes her spot? "I 'll make him move too, " replies Reese. "We 've got a job to do. "
I feel like there was a fog in front of my eyes for 36 years, and the second Lily-Rose was born, that fog just lifted and everything became totally clear and focused~ Johnny Depp To the world you may be one person,but to one person you may be the world.