When a new Clint Eastwood movie comes out, naturally you’re buying the ticket to see Clint Eastwood.
Maybe not this time. Or not entirely.
“The Mule,” the 63rd movie Eastwood has appeared in, premiered in Augusta on Friday. But the real star we’re interested in – the star you glimpse here and there throughout the film – isn’t mentioned until the end credits.
It’s Augusta. And as the old song goes, this could be the start of something big.
“The Mule” spent weeks in Augusta filming at several locations. In the movie you’ll see glimpses of the Augusta Museum of History, St. Paul’s Church and Bethlehem Advent Christian Church. First Community Bank downtown plays a bit part as the Illinois Mutual Credit Union. And if you see daylilies in the movie, you’ll probably see Shaw’s Sunshine Gardens on Lumpkin Road.
Georgia is no stranger to Hollywood. Filmmakers have been coming to the state for decades. You’ve seen the city of Savannah a lot in films, such as “Forrest Gump,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Glory.” if you’re a TV fan you might have seen the town of Covington, near Atlanta, which was a longtime location for the TV drama “In the Heat of the Night” and, for its first six episodes, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Just down the road, even Statesboro was a location for a couple of forgettable movies – “1969″ in 1988, and “Now and Then” in 1995.