Galafianakis spotted filming in Waynesville trailer park
Haywood County has once again been chosen as a filming site for a movie, this time one that's laden with comedic stars including the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Kate McKinnon.
Residents driving through downtown Waynesville Monday morning may have endured slowed traffic and many detours while cast and crew members blocked off roads to film scenes for the motion picture “Untitled Armored Car.”
The filming took place at the trailer park on Welch Street, centering around trailers located on Maxima and Corsair Lanes. Both Welch and Wall Streets were blocked off from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. in addition to all the surrounding public parking lots. Parking for crew, extras and equipment was offered at Garrett Funeral Home, Badcock Furniture and the American Legion Post.
While filming, Galifianakis and other cast members could be spotted at a distance from Wall Street behind a dense wooded area.
Pete Silbermann, the film’s publicist, said this time, the crew were only filming in Waynesville on Monday and then heading back to Asheville for the rest of the week. The cast and crew previously rented space at Hazelwood Elementary School for two weeks to film segments at a mansion in the Plott Creek neighborhood.
“Today we’re filming in a trailer park where David Gant (played by Galafianakis) and his wife live,” Silbermann said. “The scenes are a little bit of a romp with Zach and his wife in their neighborhood, and we’re kind of establishing them as a family…We chose the trailer park here because we did a lot of location scouting and we knew it would work in Waynesville. Waynesville has been very inviting and it worked out very well.”
Silbermann said the film crew will finish out the week filming scenes at the Asheville Airport and in Arden and then the crew is heading to Puerto Rico over the weekend.
“It’s been great filming here — we were expecting great weather, and we got it and the neighbors have been absolutely wonderful,” Silbermann added. “Everyone is extremely happy we’re here with open arms. It’s a great place shoot a movie. Zach (Galafianakis) is from the area (Wilkesboro) and he loves it here. He’s a big part of the reason the film was shot here.”
Having actors like Galafianakis in Haywood County no doubt draws attention, but crews remain firm in closing the set and keeping the public out. Traffic and parking was controlled by barricade and the assistance of the Waynesville Police Department.
“It’s a period film and we don’t want to give up the secrets of the film and the magic of the surprises,” Silbermann said when asked why the set was closed off.
Trailer park residents were asked to stay inside their homes with their pets during certain scenes, including one where Galafianakis drove a truck on the dirt road.
But most of the residents didn't seem to mind the intrusion. They had been informed by crews months ago that filming would be taking place this week and would cause some interruption.
Jayne Wilson, who lives in the trailer park, said it was an exciting day watching stars appear in her backyard and meeting Galafianakis.
"He came over here and shook our hands and everything," she said, adding that he seemed genuinely appreciative to get to film there. "That says a lot about who he is."
Galafianakis is known best for his eccentric role as Alan in "The Hangover" trilogy, but has starred in many movies, including The Campaign and is also an accomplished standup comedian.
He appeared in trailer park scenes with his character's fiance, played by Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon. In one scene, he proposed to her on a small bridge in the trailer park, wearing angel wings.
"He used a wire coat hanger that came out of my closet for a halo," Wilson said, laughing.
Arnold Arredondo, a trailer park resident, said he was excited when he heard a portion of the movie would be filmed in his neighborhood. He was even more excited when he was handpicked by the crew to be an extra and to meet Galafianakis.
"He's cool — he's down to earth. I like him," Arredondo said.
Despite the strictly closed set, Michael Ramsey, a Waynesville resident whose friend lives in the trailer park, snuck his way to Galafianakis' trailer in hopes of seeing him closeup.
"When he came out of his trailer we just talked and he said everyone has been really nice around here and hospitality has been at its highest," Ramsey said.
Galafianakis even signed one of Ramsey's T-shirts.
"He was super nice and respectful and just was an easy guy to talk to and get along with, especially since I was nervous," he said.
Synopsis: In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), David (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is a simple man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into a scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
UAC will be released domestically on August 14th, 2015 by Relativity Studios.