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.”
“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.
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