President Barack Obama heads back to Atlanta for more fundraising this week, and reportedly wants to visit the set of a movie filming here.
Deadline reports that Obama wants to visit the set of “42,” the movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson. Actor Chadwick Boseman plays the athlete who broke MLB’s color line by joining the Dodgers in 1947, and Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. The movie, which has been filming in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Macon, is wrapping up with some final background scenes in Atlanta this week.
According to signs going up in Midtown over the weekend, filming will take place this week in Midtown – on Cypress, West Peachtree and Peachtree streets. Thanks to Travis Nichols for sending the image of the notice, at the left. The notice points out that off-duty Atlanta police officers will be there to direct traffic. Traffic’s always affected when movies take over a city street, and of course if the president shows up that’s going to kick things up a notch.
“Well, of course I said it would be OK” for Obama to visit, Legendary Entertainment chief Thomas Tull told Deadline. He has donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012, Deadline reported.
Alliances with the stars helped Obama’s war chest when he was here in March for a number of fundraisers, including one hosted by entertainment mogul Tyler Perry. Obama raised more than $734,000 from Georgians that month.
The president’s star-studded March event did cause a minor dust-up, though, as entertainer Cee-Lo performed the original version of the song rendered into the family friendlier “Forget You” on commercial radio. Cee-Lo’s performance featured a hand gesture familiar to Atlanta drivers who have just been cut off in traffic, too, and a video of the episode made the rounds online.
Details of the movie set visit were still being worked out.
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