Ben Affleck Filming Movie in Cape Girardeau; Locals Trying to Stay Calm But, Like, OMG!
Adding to the frenzy is that 20th Century Fox has been holding open casting calls for locals to play extras in the film adopted from the best-selling novel Gone Girl. The story tells of a wife who goes missing from the fictional Missouri town of North Carthage, and all eyes turn to her husband as the main suspect. (A plot, btw, that is eerily familiar to the real-life disappearance of Jacque Sue Waller, a Missouri mom who disappeared in 2011 and whose husband confessed this year to murdering her and burying the body on a deserted island in the Mississippi River.)
But, anyway, about those casting calls. They can be nerve-wracking, as two aspiring actors from Cape Girardeau demonstrated in a documentary they made of their puke-inducing audition.
The point is, everyone needs to just REMAIN CALM and follow the sage advice of the editorial board at the Southeast Missourian that recently instructed its readers how to act amid Hollywood royalty.
[W]e'd like to encourage everyone to remember that, while famous, these actors, directors and countless staff are here to work...Crowds gathering at scenes where shooting is taking place can cause distractions and disruptions. So let's be respectful. If you are driving about Cape Girardeau and see a road closure where filming is taking place, go ahead and look, but don't linger. Be respectful of their workspace and their need for silence so they can focus and make the best movie possible. If you see an actor or a famous face you recognize, feel free to smile and say hello. Be friendly, but not obsessive.
Just try telling that to the Facebook group Gone Girl Filming in Cape Girardeau. You know, the group neurotically tracking the film crew's every move.