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Jennifer Aniston discusses made-in-Georgia film “Wanderlust”

A still from the movie "Wanderlust"

A still from the movie "Wanderlust"

Jennifer Aniston’s Atlanta stint gets a brief mention in a GQ article she and co-star Paul Rudd recently did to promote the movie they shot here in 2010, “Wanderlust.”

Much of the filming actually took place north of here.

“I have to say that I felt a real connection doing this movie because, in a kind of parallel universe, I was escaping,” Aniston told the magazine. “We shot in this little town called Clarkesville, Ga.”

Added Rudd: “It’s right where they shot ‘Deliverance,’ which the town is very proud of. The kid from that movie with the banjo now works at a local Walmart.”

(Actually “Deliverance” was filmed in Tallulah Gorge, south of Clayton, which is where John Travolta and Robert De Niro are filming “Killing Season” right now).

GQ asked the stars if they had “any run-ins with the locals.”

Jennifer Aniston posed for this photo with Nava’s general manager, Jon Skinner, and assistant manager Lauren Heflin, while she was here in 2010.

Jennifer Aniston posed for this photo with Nava’s general manager, Jon Skinner, and assistant manager Lauren Heflin, while she was here in 2010.

“Hillbillies? Squealing pigs?” Aniston answered. “Mostly we were just living in peace. It was peaceful. There were no paparazzi.”

She added that she “was devastated when we had to shoot the final weeks in Atlanta and New York” after the tranquil time in north Georgia.

Aniston and Rudd star as Linda and George, a stressed-out Manhattan couple who decide to move to Atlanta after George loses his job. On the way they get sidetracked in “Elysium,” a free-wheeling community where residents are content to wear nothing but smiles.

It has a Feb. 22 release date.

While production was taking place Aniston was spotted around town at spots including Ecco, Nava, El Taco and the St. Regis, and took in her former flame John Mayer’s performance at Lakewood.

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

9 comments Add your comment

Correction...

February 14th, 2012
2:48 pm

That kid that played the banjo in Deliverance is running for president for the Republican party.

DublDawg

February 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

Correction….that kid that played the banjo in Deliverance is a Dimocrap and is Vice President of the United States.

Swamp Man

February 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

Scampers McHannerhan

February 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

DublDawg— How long did it take you to come up w/that retort? Hopefully not an hour and 12 minutes. LOL

KimZ'sPackage

February 15th, 2012
2:25 am

Jen is so damn cute. Jolie is nasty.

Darryl

February 15th, 2012
9:11 am

Correction… You’re an idiot. If you want to open a political debate, do it on the correct post and do it with thought and logic, if you know how.

Don

February 17th, 2012
1:57 am

The people in “Wonderlust” were so nice to our town of Clarkesville.

mytram59

February 18th, 2012
9:22 am

I live close enough to Clarkesville and Tallulah Gorge to throw a rock and hit them. GQ asked the stars if they had “any run-ins with the locals.” What the hell were they expecting? Toothless, unshaven, dirty, uneducated, inbred stereotype hillbillies around every corner? Sorry, neither town has a Walmart. The locals here are a hell of a lot friendlier than the ones you’ll find in NY or Hollywood. When they were doing this movie, it was a joke. They completely shut off the towns. Any traffic was routed around. These are 2 very cool little towns with a lot of neat things to do and see. GQ can go piss on a fan as far as I’m concerned.

Jennifer Brett

February 18th, 2012
10:40 am

Preach on, My Tram! I was wondering if someone would pick up on that..

Jennifer