“The Change Up,” the Jason Bateman-Ryan Reynolds flick that’s been filming all over town, is scheduled to do some shooting downtown this Sunday.
Well, not so fast.
The planned location, on Mitchell Street, is where colorful restaurant owner Paul Luna’s establishment, Lunacy Black Market, is located. He says the filming cost him a private party, because the guests didn’t want to deal with the inconvenience of the filming crew, and that the production company rebuffed his request to be compensated for his trouble.
“We were compensated with ‘The Walking Dead,’ ” Luna said, referring to the hit AMC series that filmed in Atlanta. “This company doesn’t want to do that.”
So Luna, never one to back down from a challenge, is striking back with some unique vigilante justice. From noon to 9 p.m. this Sunday, he said Black Market will give away free food and invites everyone to come on down.
“We’re not telling them to make noises, but if they want to bring their boomboxes, there’s nothing I can do,” Luna said with delight. “It so happens that a very dear friend of ours lives upstairs and he’s planning to have a party and point his loudspeakers toward Mitchell Street. We do have roof access. There may be some glaring noises.”
In other words, take that, Change Up. By the way Luna called up Jimmy Baron and Yvonne Monet at 92.9 DaveFM to talk up his plans this morning. Listen to it here.
“They want to play a game? I love to play,” said Luna, whose restaurant is celebrating its one-year anniversary. “For the rest of my life, I want to be a kid.”
We’ll try to get a comment from the movie folks. For now, Luna seems to be relishing at turning a scheduling snag into a spectacle.
“My attorney’s going to be present” during his bash, he noted. “If I get arrested, the mug shot will have a very beautiful smile.”