Movies Filmed in South Carolina – Something to Talk About
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- Director – Lasse Hallström
- Cast – Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands
- Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
- Plot – Grace Bichon, who manages her father's riding stables, discovers that her husband has been cheating on her. This gives her the opportunity to see her life in a new light.
- The states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia were all being considered as backdrops for this film. The filmmakers began their search in SC, making the first of a dozen scheduled stops throughout the Lowcountry at Davant Plantation. Within an hour of touring the plantation, the director, Lasse Hallström, made the decision to shoot his film at Davant. The rest of the scouting was called off and official preparations began. Source: SC Film Commission
- The "King Farm" scenes were filmed at Davant Plantation in Gillionsville, which is located ten miles north of Ridgeland at the intersection of US 278 and SC 462.
- The facade of the USC Beaufort Performing Arts Center was used as the backdrop of Grace Bichon's college campus.
- A large portion of the filming was done at Michael Rainey Antiques, which is located at 702 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.
- Gadsby's Restaurant in Beaufort, which is now Ollie's Downtown Seafood Restaurant (822 Bay Street), was used for the filming of a restaurant scene. Many local people were extras in that scene.
- The Beaufort County Public Library, on 311 Scott Street, was used extensively during the production of Something to Talk About. The actors' mobile dressing rooms were parked in the Library parking lot, while the meeting room was used as a "green room," where actors get ready between takes. However, the Beaufort Library stayed open during the shooting.
- During the filming of Something to Talk About, reporters were constantly buzzing around the Craven Street and Scott Street intersection, trying to interview or photograph Julia Roberts. At the end of each scene, she would travel through the library to her trailer to escape the press.
- A nationwide search for a young girl to play Caroline 'Doodlebug' Bichon, the daughter of Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, ended when Haley Aull was cast. Turns out that Ms. Aull lived only two hours away from where the filming took place, in Orangeburg. She was able to keep the horse that her character "owned" in the film after production was completed. Source: SC Film Commission
- The essential production crew stayed at the Beaufort Inn on Port Republic Street as well as the apartment of Nancy and Bill Rhett next to Plums restaurant.
- Dennis Stevens shares, "One evening I went to dinner with my wife at our favorite Beaufort restaurant but when we started in the door an employee told us the restaurant was closed for a private party. He proudly told me that it was the actors and crew from the movie and Julia Roberts was in there too. I told him to tell Julia that Dennis was outside and she would gladly tell them to let me in...but it didn't work."
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