UPDATE | Augusta Museum of History gets Hollywood makeover for "The Mule"

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Monday, June 18, 2018
(News 12 NBC 26 News At 11)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- If you didn't get the chance to be an extra in Clint Eastwood's movie, you may be wondering what it's going to look like on the big screen. "The Mule" packed up last week as filming shifts to Atlanta and New Mexico, but the Warner Bros.' project still has folks across town feeling the Hollywood buzz.

Studio cameras and lights set up shop across the city from the homes of the Harrisburg community to the DoubleTree hotel off Bobby Jones Expressway, but the cameras were also rolling inside Augusta's Museum of History for a graduation scene. The Executive Director says the transformation inside their halls, however brief, could go a long way to transforming Augusta's movie scene.

The theater room inside the Augusta Museum of History is a small, quaint room that normally shines a light on the past. But after three months of preparation and three days of creating the set, the crew turned it into a Hollywood scene for "The Mule."

"I mean, it looked like something from the 1970's, all of this what looked like, I don't even know what to call it, but just dressing and making it look very prom-like. But this whole area was absolutely transformed," says museum executive director Nancy Glaser. ""Cameras, cameras, cameras all through here and all coming from different angles. It's just not a scene, there's layers."

Eastwood and Dianne Wiest, along with the dozens of extras and crew members, transformed the small room into the "glam cosmetology graduation" stage for the film. Once their scenes were shot, Glaser was able to give Eastwood a quick tour downstairs as he made his way out to his trailer.

"He talked a lot about the trolley since we have a yellow trolley downstairs," Glaser says. "He was very interested in a lot of the Civil War memorabilia that we had and the weight of a musket, a gun that they would have been carrying."

Glaser says having the crew here is as big a moment for the museum and the city as she's ever seen.

"I'm just hoping it doesn't all end up on the cutting room floor," Glaser says. "Even though you can't tell it's our facility, we'll get some recognition in the credits."

Glaser says the crew was as respectful of the museum during their three days of setup and filming. They only rented out that one room inside the museum, but she says it can still go a long way to bringing more movies to film in Augusta.

The crew from "The Mule" could return to shoot again next month after they wrap up filming in Atlanta.


Monday, June 11, 2018
(News 12 at 5:30/News 12 at 6 O’Clock)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Filming Monday mostly took place at the intersection of Merry and Verdery Streets, in Augusta. News 12 has learned the last day of filming will be Tuesday at Shaw’s Sunshine Gardens, starting at 9:00 a.m.

A man named Richard paid a visit to News 12 Monday morning, showing us his Clint Eastwood memorabilia with pride.

“This is a book on Clint Eastwood on most of his movies he made,” Richard flips through the old pages.

Richard is one of the few superfans in our area who is not trying to track down his favorite actor.

“It would be useless. I can’t get through but I watch him on TV and it’s almost as if I’m there. I’ve been watching them record ‘The Mule’ on TV, on Channel 12.”

With only one full day of filming left, security has tightened up around the set, as have the filming perimeters.

“I’ve had that book for years. It never dawned on me that he would be in Georgia recording a movie. I never thought about that,” Richard said with excitement.

He’s had no star sightings in real life, only through the prized pages of his book. He’s kept it in nearly perfect condition.

“Some people say it ain’t worth much, but it’s worth a lot to me because it’s acts of what he does. And I’ll probably be holding onto it for a while.”

While production finishes up Tuesday, crews will hang back a few more days to break down the sets. They’ll be out of town by Friday.