Hollywood Takes Over Downtown Montgomery for "Selma" Movie

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By Brittany Bivins

Hollywood made it to Montgomery Friday.

The movie "Selma" shot several scenes in downtown. That included a large one with dozens of local extras on the Capitol steps. The movie is about the fight for civil rights that played out right here in Alabama. About 700 people are in the film, which has big names like Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt attached to it.

The possibility of seeing the stars brought dozens of spectators to Dexter Avenue.

"I'm just trying to check out the set and watch the filming of the movie. I heard they were in town. The film crew was in the elevator last night at our hotel, so just wanted to come and check out the set," said Mindy Locke.

"I wanna see Oprah and I just wanna see the film itself being done. I've never experienced anything like this, so it's so exciting," said Tabitha Stewart.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley met with film representatives on the Capitol steps. He said he wants the state to expand initiatives to make Alabama a more movie-friendly place.

"I think we need to have more emphasis on the production of movies in our state and you know, a lot of states, Louisiana is one that's put a lot of emphasis on that, but Alabama needs to, and we're going to do that," he said.

There are about 700 people in the movie, including dozens of locals cast as extras. The film wrapped up three days of filming in Selma on Thursday, including scenes at the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. It's set to be released in theaters in January.



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