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A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown
A town transformed: Hollywood comes to Cedartown

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- There's a big change taking place in Cedartown. But for many long-time residents, the "new" face of downtown will look very familiar.

For the next few days, Cedartown will become a movie set for the cast and crew of "Jayne Mansfield's Car," a new film starring Billy Bob Thornton.

To fit the movie, Main Street has been transformed into a scene straight from the 1960s, and filmmakers used the town's own history to complete the look. Instead of imaginary places, they recreated the storefronts and shops in Cedartown 40 years ago.

The excitement is bringing people from all parts of Georgia, each hoping to catch a glimpse of a movie star. Their tourist dollars, combined with at least 40 crew members, are creating quite an economic boom.

"They're patronizing the stores. You go into a lunch establishment and they're going to be eating there," said city manager Robbie Rokovitz.

"They're buying merchandise. They're going to hardware stores to buy their tools."

Filming will begin Wednesday morning and last into next week.