Originally created 10/24/06

Movie magic



AIKEN - The strapless, summery dresses some extras were told to wear Monday might look good on film but made life uncomfortable for locals getting a taste of moviemaking.

It'll be worth it when Who's Your Caddy? is released, said Toni Herron, an Aiken hair stylist who shivered through a break in filming at New Bridge Polo and Country Club.

"It'll be fun to see myself in the background when it comes out," she said.

As the temperatures dipped into the 50s on Monday, the producers finally introduced the actors starring in the film, which is a golf and polo comedy that pits the owner of an elite club against a rap star who has been denied membership.

Jeffrey Jones, who might be best known for trying to catch mischievous high school senior Matthew Broderick in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, plays the club owner and "villain," said John Duffy, a co-producer of the film.

Mr. Jones' foils are Antwan Andre Patton, who goes by the name Big Boi in his Atlanta-based hip-hop group OutKast, and Faizon Love, Mr. Duffy said. One of Mr. Love's more memorable roles was as the Gimbel's department store manager in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy Elf.

Another member of the cast is Andy Milonakis, of MTV. Several polo players have roles, including top-ranked Matias Magrini, an Aiken resident who plays himself in the film.

Filming began in Aiken on Saturday. Mr. Duffy said that the production crew plans to film a total of 29 days in Aiken, one day in Columbia and two days at the Modjeska Theatre and Bar in Augusta.

"So far, so good," he said Monday afternoon while watching crew members set up a scene with Mr. Jones and Mr. Magrini.

"That first day was great," Mr. Duffy said. "We got a lot of good polo stuff. Yesterday was a challenge for us with the rain."

Theresa King, a polo player who owns a farm outside Aiken, is also in the film, playing polo for several scenes. She said she was surprised Monday morning when she learned that she also had lines to perform.

She has enjoyed the moviemaking process so far, although she acknowledged no knowing much about what character she's playing - maybe herself.

"It's great," she said. "It's so fun, and everybody's so nice."

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.

MAKING A MOVIE


Extras are still needed, producers say. To be an extra, simply show up at the New Bridge Polo and Country Club outside Aiken today.


Movie officials ask that you wear your Sunday best if you want to be an extra.


To get to the filming location, take Rudy Mason Highway to Wire Road. Turn right onto New Bridge Road. The club is about four miles on the right.