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Billy Bob Thorton’s made-in-Atlanta to debut in Berlin

jmBilly Bob Thornton spent a good bit of time in Atlanta last year filming “Jayne Mansfield’s Car.”

The movie is set to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, according to this article in the Hollywood Reporter.

The project also stars Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Robert Patrick and Robert Duvall and was filmed in Atlanta and beyond. (The actors seemed to enjoy their time here. In this photo, Thornton, from left, Duvall and Bacon are seen with Chops assistant manager Lambro Mitsilenkas after a dinner there with friends.)

If you happen to be in Berlin during the festival, planned for Feb. 9-19, keep an eye out for Oakhurst Church in Decatur, which was redone to look like an old hardware store for the movie. Other scenes were filmed in LaGrange and Cedartown.

Another little tidbit: Sam Huff’s east Cobb County restaurant, BBQ1, provided the vittles for a backyard barbecue scene filmed in LaGrange. The props director for “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” visited the restaurant ahead of filming and ordered a huge spread of chicken, ribs, deviled eggs, corn, slaw, peach pie and other delicacies. While they prepared were meant to be props, the cast made short work of it all, Huff told us at the time. “They ate til it was coming out their ears!” Huff said.

By the way Thornton’s ex Angelina Jolie also has a film headed to Berlin: her directorial debut, “In The Land of Blood and Honey.” Here’s a link to an interview we did with Jolie about that film.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

2 comments Add your comment

Fred

January 26th, 2012
11:39 am

Poor Little Jolie. Her film got snubbed at the Oscars…………… She can’t act, why does anyone think she could direct?

KimZ'sPackage

January 27th, 2012
4:19 am

Is this about Jayne’s Death in the car wreck? Who will be playing baby Mariska (Law & Order SVU’s Olivia Benson) ?