Friday, June 5, 2009


The St. Charles Herald Guide, a local Louisiana newspaper reports on the shooting of the upcoming film Jonah Hex in their city and included a photo of a boat built for the movie.

Bayou Gauche will make an appearance in upcoming Hollywood blockbuster “Jonah Hex,” which stars Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox and is scheduled for release next year.

The movie will cover the exploits of Jonah Hex (Brolin), a Western comic book anti-hero from DC Comics who was introduced to audiences in the early 1970s. Hex, who was an officer for the Confederacy during the Civil War, is portrayed as a disfigured bounty hunter. According to the Internet Movie Database, the film will follow Hex as he tracks a voodoo practitioner (Malkovich) bent on liberating the South by raising an army of the undead.

Production workers spent about three weeks building a unique boat in the waters off Bayou Gauche, and filming took place from May 11 to May 15.

“This does benefit St. Charles Parish,” Corey Faucheux, the parish’s economic development director, said. “We’re seeking to capture as many production dollars as possible and when those production crews shoot here, they spend money on things such as renting property and equipment, catering and purchasing gas for their vehicles.”

Faucheux also cited a recent analysis of Louisiana’s motion picture industry that revealed that local municipalities collect approximately one-third of the total taxes paid by productions, with the state accounting for the remaining two-thirds.

Though the parish does want to recruit as many production crews as possible, Faucheux said they will only do so when it won’t disrupt the normal flow of business or affect the daily lives of residents.

“There have been occasions where studios wanted to shoot here, but it would have caused such a disruption that the negatives outweighed the positives,” he said. “We perform our own due diligence when evaluating which projects to support.”

It's all about the money, baby. At least the city officials are honest and admit it's strictly about the cash.

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