The Marietta Square stood in for El Paso, Texas on Monday as onlookers gathered hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood stars taking the historic park to the big screen.
Actors Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took to the Square on Monday to film scenes for “Dumb and Dumber To” involving a Zamboni that closed the intersection of West Park Square and South Park Square. For the rest of the day, crew and actors filmed in Glover Park.
Filming will continue through today, but no roads are scheduled to be closed.
“Dumb and Dumber To” is the sequel to the 1994 “Dumb and Dumber” film that tells the story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two well-meaning but foolish friends from Providence, Rhode Island.
Angie McCravy of Marietta claimed a spot outside Shilling’s restaurant Monday morning watching eagerly as one of her favorite actors performed for the cameras nearby.
“I’ve got to see them all morning, actually,” said McCravy, a Jim Carrey fan.
Not far away on West Park Square, Katie Rivers, who grew up here and now lives in Portland, sat among a group of spectators armed with cameras.
“I’m huge ‘Dumb and Dumber’ fan so we had to come,” Rivers said.
She was pleased to see that a part of her hometown would soon be featured in a blockbuster.
“It doesn’t happen all the time,” Rivers said. “It’s just so neat.”
City officials don’t yet have an estimate on how much Marietta will make off the filming, said Lindsey Thompson, spokeswoman for Marietta.
The production company will pay the city about $1,500 a day for use of the Square. That doesn’t include the cost it will be charged for using police officers who closed the park and surrounding roads and other city services.
That amount will be tallied after filming.
Mayor Steve Tumlin works just a block away from the Square and said the area was busy all day as onlookers lined the streets and made their way in and out of nearby restaurants and shops.
“It has brought an awful lot of people,” Tumlin said.
There’s an immediate impact, he said, from media coverage and excitement around the filming, but the real impact won’t be felt until the film is shown on the silver screen.
“It helps put Marietta on the map (and) the ambiance on the Square,” Tumlin said.
At Marietta Pizza Company, business went on as usual, though the store’s name had been temporarily changed to Margherita Pizza Company, blending in with the set styled as El Paso.
Kyle Nielsen, manager of the restaurant, was happy to see the area buzzing with excitement.
“You look outside the window and there’s Jim Carrey in our Square,” Nielsen said.
Virginia Stevens at Jeweler on the Square didn’t mind that the front of her store has been temporarily transformed into The Historic El Paso Jewelry Center.
“Our biggest sales are on the weekends so it doesn’t affect us,” Stevens said about sales at the jewelry store. “It’s fun to watch.”
It’s not the first time the business has been a stand-in for one in another city. When “The Watch,” a science fiction comedy, filmed scenes on the Square for the movie released in 2012, the store became part of the fictitious Glenview, Ohio.
Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism, says location scouts are attracted to the county because of its diversity.
“We have all types of different things from the lake up in Acworth to the Marietta Square to some different sites even down in south Cobb that people are interested in filming,” Bass said.
She said her office gets between two and three calls from production companies each week.
“While all of those don’t come to Cobb, they are definitely looking,” Bass said.