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Film to feature local motel

Scenes will be shot next month

POSTED: February 15, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Pravin Patel stands outside his motel where a movie will be filmed next month.

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Scenes for a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood are scheduled to be shot in Dawsonville next month.

Pravin Patel, owner of Amicalola Lodge, confirmed Friday that the motel on Hwy. 53 west of downtown will be the backdrop for several scenes in "Trouble with the Curve."

The baseball drama will feature Eastwood as an ailing scout who travels to Atlanta with his daughter to see a hot prospect.

"I'm so lucky. It feels like I won the lottery," Patel said.

The film is also set to star Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.

Patel said dozens of movie execs toured the motel Thursday. Work has begun to renovate four rooms, add a patio and build a canopy over the office entrance.

"They're making one of the rooms bigger and are doing some work on the ceiling," he said. "They've been here working for about the last 10 days."

Local authorities said they were contacted several weeks ago in preparation for the filming that will take place for 10 days in mid-March.

According to Patel, producers told him they would also film scenes in Athens and Macon.

Patel said the producers told him the Dawsonville stay will be the longest of the movie's filming process.

He's excited and proud they chose his motel.

"I've owned this motel for 20 years, and I've been thinking about retiring, so we put it on the market to sell," he said.

"After this movie and all the renovations, I think we'll have an easier time selling it."

 

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