Thursday, July 07, 2011

Bacon and Legs - Causing a Stir

So apparently the Bacon and Legs bar/restaurant for the new Andy Samberg / Adam Sandler comedy has upset the local folks. Here is more...

PEABODY, Mass. -- Classy Rick's Bacon and Leggs may not be the place you'd bring your kids for Sunday brunch - then again, it's not a real restaurant.

Route 1's Cabaret Lounge has been transformed into the breakfast joint for the new Adam Sandler movie, "I Hate You Dad," which is filming in Peabody, and the racy signage is turning some heads.

“I’d probably keep driving and not think twice about it as a guy. If my wife was with me, we might have a discussion about it and both decide that it was inappropriate,” said John Mitchell.

Movie crews have a permit to film at the adult club and for the sign, but city leaders said some people offended by the set's naked woman - with the suggestively placed eggs and bacon - wanted a petition to remove it. Then there are those in town who would actually like it to become a permanent fixture.

“I think it's pretty cool, to be honest with you. it's something different. there's all kind of trucks, a little excitement up here. You know what I mean?” said Paul Ambrosino.

“I think people need to relax. It’s a movie, it's not like they're jumping out there and grabbing people off of Route 1,” said Rob.

“I’m just excited Adam Sandler is here, doing a movie here, and its right down the street from where we work. It's exciting,” said Dave Andrews.

City hall has field some phone calls from concerned people about the restaurant, but once they find out it's for the movie, everyone seems to be just fine. The mayor said he was out on the set and the crew has been very professional and that the set is coming down Saturday morning.

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Ken Yuszkus/Gloucester Daily Times The Cabaret Lounge on Route 1A is temporarily sportting a new sign and new name. It has been transformed into the club “Classy Rick’s Bacon and Leggs,” for a movie starring Adam Sandler.

"Classy Rick's Bacon & Leggs," aka the Cabaret Lounge on Route 1, has had a bit of a makeover recently as the crew from the big-budget flick "I Hate You, Dad," starring Adam Sandler, is now in its second week filming at the adult club.

As part of the shoot, the crew erected a big, cartoonish sign of a busty, nude woman with a plate of eggs and bacon covering her chest. The lady out front even has a lit-up leg that moves up and down. The sign is expected to come down by next week.

Still, the city has received about a dozen complaints about the new sign from passers-by stunned that it could allow such a gross monstrosity. One woman even planned a petition to get the sign taken down, according to city officials.

"For the most part, once we explain that Columbia Pictures is shooting a movie there they understood and calmed down," said Mary Bellavance, the mayor's administrative assistant.

The movie had to get a permit to film at the club and for the sign.

"I'm not offended by it, more amused," Mayor Michael Bonfanti said. "It's a temporary thing. It will be there a week and a half, and then it goes away."

"But it is generating a lot of interesting comments," Bellavance said.

Bonfanti got a personal tour of the set earlier in the week when he popped in for about 45 minutes to check on the progress.

"They showed us the equipment and the trailers. There's a lot more to a movie than just the acting. There's a lot of logistics and coordination," he said. "It's like going to war. For every combat person, there are 15 people behind them."

According to various Internet reports, "I Hate You, Dad" is directed by Sean Anders and John Morris and stars Sandler, Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," Susan Sarandon, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and others. The movie is about a grumpy father (Sandler) who moves in with his son (Samberg) and his son's fiancee (Meester) just before they're about to get married. The dad and fiancee don't get along, and drama ensues.

The crew was at a Collins Street apartment complex two weeks ago shooting scenes for the movie, which is slated for release next summer. At least 100 people were camped out in front of the building hoping to catch a glimpse of a star. The situation is similar on Route 1, but, because of the heavy traffic, police aren't allowing people to stop or get too close to the production. It still has created some traffic issues at times, however.

"People want to see it. They hear a movie is filming there," Bellevance said.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"That's My Boy" is the name of the movie. AAA+++. GREAT MOVIE

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