June 20, 2003
Heh, Beaverton...I'm twelve

Thanks to Jenn of Illusionaire for this article link about Thumbsucker shooting in Beaverton, Oregon:

'Thumbsucker' Comes to Beaverton
By Gretchen Lehmann

PORTLAND, OR 2003-06-20 (Oregon Considered) - Next month, a small movie crew and a few Hollywood stars--will be in Beaverton to shoot the new movie "Thumbsucker." The independent film--which stars Keanu Reeves and Mathew McConnaughey--follows the story of an insecure high schooler who still sucks his thumb. By Hollywood standards, it's a small-scale project coming in with a budget of only $3 million. But it's just the kind of economic development project the state is eager to get. On a brightly lit sound stage in Northwest Portland, Governor Ted Kulongoski sits in a director's chair, surrounded by movie types. He casually jokes about how he nabbed "Thumbsucker" and its star Keanu Reeves.
Governor Kulongoski: Beaverton! (laughs)
Mike Mills: Keanu Reeves often mentions Beaverton! (group laughs)
Beaverton will serve as the backdrop for this light comedy about a high schooler who struggles to gain confidence in himself and his family.
The story is based on the novel "Thumbsucker," by Walter Kirn.

Director Mike Mills says when he was scouting sites, Beaverton and northwest Oregon grabbed his attention immediately.

Mike Mills: We're going everywhere from Trillium Lake up by Mt. Hood to Vernonia to Beaverton is kind of the heart of the shoot. And that's all two and half hours away. So for us production-wise it's an amazing number of places.

Mills says production will be low-key and neighbors won't even know they're there. But he and producer Anthony Bergman says Beaverton will have a clear presence in the film.

Mike Mills: We even wrote in hall street Restaurant into the script the other day and there may be a shot of the Beaverton sign in the beginning.
Anthony Bergman: and if you're walking in downtown Beaverton while we're shooting, we'll enlist you as an extra (laughs).

This kind of exposure is exactly what Governor Kulongoski wants. He's made recruiting movie and TV projects a significant part of his economic development plans for the state. In the case of "Thumbsucker," the governor authorized spending $100,000 from his Strategic Reserve Fund to entice the filmmakers to come to Oregon. Kulongoski says it's the kind of investment that pays for itself.

Governor Kulongoski: This production will have about 75 actors both out and within the state and there's about 300 extras. That puts a substantial amount of money in the local economies here, so it's a great return for us.

In the case of last year's movie "The Hunted"--which was shot in Portland and the Willamette Valley--there was a $30 million return to the state. Part of the terms of the "Thumbsucker" deal is that the filmmakers must prove they've spent a substantial amount of money in Oregon. A similar you-pay/we'll pay proposal is making it's way through the legislature. Senate Bill 313 would offer movie and TV productions a 10% rebate on their spending in Oregon up to $25,000. In return, the filmmakers must spend at least a million dollars in the state. Governor Kulongoski says it's the kind of incentive necessary to stem the tide of moviemakers going to Canada, where there are special tax incentives and a favorable exchange rate.

Governor Kulongoski: What we want to do is be much more competitive and get them to stop here in Oregon.

The crew of "Thumbsucker" will arrive in Beaverton on July 9th. In addition to Keanu Reeves, the film will also star Matthew McConnaughey, Vincent D'Onofrio and newcomer Lou Taylor [Pucci]. Filming is expected to take several weeks.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at June 20, 2003 05:32 PM .


Posted by: :: jozjozjoz :: on June 20, 2003 05:40 PM

Kind of rolls off the tongue doesn't it?


Posted by: krix on June 20, 2003 05:50 PM

Tee hee - wonder if this is the home of the angry beavers? Gotta watch out for those.

They got the Thumbsucker's name wrong though - it's Lou Taylor Pucci - he's a cutie, and he has a website at http://www.geocities.com/loudini_2000/. Guess Elijah was too old. Kinda glad about that - EW creeps me out.

Posted by: Chianti on June 20, 2003 07:54 PM

I wanna be an extra!


Posted by: Keanuette on June 21, 2003 05:57 AM

Oh my, Lou is a little slice of heaven isn't he?
I made the correction and added a link to his site, Thanks Chianti.

Posted by: krix on June 21, 2003 10:29 AM

yeah, i'm glad it's not gonna be frodo too... ;)

Posted by: lori on June 21, 2003 02:30 PM

Hey, I'm pouting like MAD that Elijah won't be in this flick. Oh, the lost opportunity to see Elijah and Keanu in the same film, and all the yummy bits I'll miss out on - Elijah sucking his thumb, Keanu sticking his fingers in Elijah's mouth, etc. Oh, the endless slash potential, now forever gone, never to be enjoyed! *sob*

But really, I can accept it.


Posted by: Serai on June 21, 2003 05:45 PM

That's probably why he's not doing it...

Posted by: Keanuette on June 22, 2003 04:06 AM

Finally! (Haven't been able to post comments here in ages.....kept getting error messages.......)

Anyhow.....I KNEW there was a reason that the beau and I needed to head back to Oregon.

Posted by: Da Goddess on June 22, 2003 04:41 AM

I'm going to look into getting a shooting schedule so I can "conveniently" be in downtown Beaverton when they are shooting there they are just pulling extras off the street.

This could be even better than when Benicio del Toro was shooting "The Hunted" on the street four floors downstairs from my office.

Posted by: Jenn on June 22, 2003 10:15 AM

I wonder what the terrain is like for bikers...? Just a fleeting thought.

Posted by: phoenix IX on June 25, 2003 09:17 AM

PLEASE!! I NEED HELP!!! I live in Portland and I SO NEED TO KNOW THE FILMING SCHEDULE (or where to find it :-D) Please!! Thanks so much!

Posted by: Megan! on June 26, 2003 03:51 PM

You won't find that information here, *Megan!*
SORRY!!!! :-D!!!

Posted by: krix on June 26, 2003 05:58 PM

Keanu came to my work today and ordered a milkshake. He is so down to earth, I live right in Downtown Beaverton, this is awesome!

Posted by: Katie on July 31, 2003 08:16 PM

Hee! Thanks Katie.
A milkshake, huh? how cute is that?

Posted by: krix on August 1, 2003 11:50 AM

Hey everyone! I just wanted to tell you that the movie is being filmed at Tualatin High School in Tualatin, OR (trust me I know...I go there). They are about to wrap up but they are looking for a lot of extras for August 9th. The address is 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road. Tualatin, Oregon.

Posted by: Tonya on August 6, 2003 11:26 PM

Thanks for the updates guys...

I heard that was spotted drinking at a club called Boiler Room. Does anyone know where that is??

Posted by: Keanuette on August 7, 2003 11:32 AM

Hey! Does anybody know when they're about to wrap up and if they'll be still needing any extras around 14-15 August? If yes - then where and when? Oh, and is Keanu still in Beaverton? And for how long?... Believe me , I'd be really, really gtateful for any information you could give me...

Posted by: Kasia on August 10, 2003 11:56 PM
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