Get out of my town Hollywood!

road_closed.jpgSo apparently Hollywood and Jamie Foxx are in town filming a movie called The Kingdom. This is fine. What is not, is that ADOT has allowed them use of the 202 freeway which they will shut down in Mesa between Higley and Power for three extended weekends starting the 27th (from Thursday night thru early Monday)! Not only is this annoying as we’ve had MANY weekends of shutdowns for the laying of rubberized asphalt, but get this, ADOT is not receiving any money for this. The studio has, however, agreed to reimburse for all signage and ancillary costs ADOT may incur due to the closures. Give me a break! Hey Hollywood, how about a reimbursement for Arizona drivers inconvenienced by this! I think I’ll boycott the movie. Read the AZCentral article here.

2 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 8:12 am

    ADOT may not be receiving direct funds from this, but do you have any idea how much money a Hollywood film shoot can generate for the economy?

    You’ve got the film cast and crew leasing hotel rooms (and I’m not talkin’ Super 8), buying food and other such things for which they pay taxes just like the rest of us.

    They also hire local people to do work in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. They really like Arizona because our film industry workers aren’t unionized for the most part, and it’s cheaper to hire locally than to drag their unionized workers with them assuming contractual obligations allow for that, and they usually do.

    During off times, cast and crew will probably do some of the touristy stuff people do when they visit Arizona.

    And, they’ll tell their friends and co-workers just what a great place Arizona is for film work and, possibly, for a vacation when it’s time to get away from it all.

    All this at NO direct monetary cost to we taxpayers, though I understand that thousands of people are being inconvenienced by not being able to use the 202 for a few days which may lengthen commutes and cause some to run late and use more gas.

    That being said, before you decide to boycott the film because your commute is being disrupted and the producers of the movie aren’t depositing big bucks straight into the state coffers, please understand that this brief film shoot will infuse generous amounts of money into our local economy, including state and local sales taxes, and may encourage others to follow suit.

    And maybe the next movie shoot won’t be so disruptive.

  2. stephanie (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    i live at asu east campus, and we’ve been “inconvenienced” so many times i’ve lost count. there have been a few days where we were made to park in a field and walk to our houses…in phoenix…in the summer. when they chopped down the huge tree in my backyard i threatened boycott, but have since watched some of the filming and now kinda want to see the movie. but i think i’ll wait til it hits netflix.

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