Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Making of Tom Cruise's Barry Seal thriller 'Mena'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 4:29 PM

click to enlarge cruise0.jpg

We reported in January that Tom Cruise had signed on to the forthcoming film "Mena," about legendary Arkansas drug smuggler Barry Seal — a topic covered extensively by the Arkansas Times over the years. Directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity"), the project is currently filming in Colombia, though the crew spent most of the summer in Ball Ground, Ga., a small town about 50 miles north of Atlanta. A friend who lives nearby sent me the Facebook group "Cruisin' Ball Ground," on which you can track the city's community-wide obsession with Cruise's presence, and it's pretty fascinating. If you're wondering what the film will look like, it's full of candid photos of Cruise in character as Seal. It's probably more interesting, though, as a tragic, sometimes beautiful and often creepy portrait of a small town (population 1,433) who is deeply, deeply appreciative of Tom Cruise's attention, and who will obviously be permanently changed by the whole experience.

click to enlarge cruise.jpg

cruise3.jpg

click to enlarge cruise2.jpg

Tags: ,

Favorite

Speaking of Film

  • 30th anniversary screening of BMXploitation flick 'RAD', gnarly pre-show events, set for Oct. 15

    September 21, 2016
    Break out your neon spandex and elbow pads! On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Downtown Partnership will be hosting a full afternoon of events centered around the 30th anniversary of the 1986 BMX bike racing epic "RAD," followed by a screening of the film with star Bill Allen in attendance. /more/
  • The trailer for Jeff Nichols' 'Loving' looks great

    July 14, 2016
    The latest from Little Rock's Jeff Nichols hits theaters Nov. 4. It's Nichols' telling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage led to the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, which ended laws preventing interracial marriage. Ruth Negga's performance as Mildred Loving generated Oscar talk after the film debuted at Cannes. /more/
  • Augusta Palmer to direct documentary about legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals

    May 31, 2016
    Director Augusta Palmer hopes to tell the story of the Memphis Country Blues Festivals between 1966 and 1969 in "The Blues Society: A Documentary Film." /more/
  • Nichols' 'Loving' to compete for Palme d'Or at Cannes

    April 19, 2016
    Little Rock-born film director Jeff Nichols, whose stature as a young auteur has been steadily growing with the success of films like 2012's "Mud" and his most recent sci-fi offering "Midnight Special," will get another chance to put a very big feather in his cap next month. His latest film, "Loving," has been selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in France. /more/
  • Come to the U.S. premiere of Tav Falco's 'Urania Descending' on Jan. 21

    January 6, 2016
    We're thrilled to be teaming up with Arkansas Sounds to host the U.S. premiere of Tav Falco's ambitious and fascinating new film "Urania Descending" on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Ron Robinson Theater. Falco was born on a farm in rural Arkansas and today lives in Vienna, where he writes books, directs films and records music with the cult art-rock band Panther Burns, whose most recent album, “Command Performance,” was released in March. Free, open to the public. /more/
  • The show will go on for horror and sci-fi spin-off of LR Film Festival

    December 29, 2015
    Former organizers of the Little Rock Film Festival, which ended this year after a nine year run, have confirmed that the Little Rock Picture Show, the horror, fantasy and sci-fi focused spin-off that was part of the LRFF family of film festivals, would continue in conjunction with the River City Comic Expo in June. /more/
  • Riverdale 10 upgrades its seating

    December 16, 2015
    Breaking news, in a way: Starting this weekend, Riverdale 10 Cinema will be adding leather recliners to its theaters. We of course fully endorse this development, just as we endorse seating-and-comfort-upgrades in any local establishments. /more/
  • Watch the trailer for Jeff Nichols' sci-fi epic 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2015
    Here's the first official trailer for Jeff Nichols' latest, a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard. Official synopsis: /more/
  • Trailer for "God's Not Dead 2" is out, makes Baby Jesus cry.

    November 6, 2015
    The trailer for "God's Not Dead 2," the Little Rock-filmed sequel to "God's Not Dead" (and inevitable prequel to "No, Seriously: God's Very Much Alive and Well, I Assure You") is out now on Youtube. The film is sure to make a gazillion dollars from the righteous looking to feed their martyr fantasies, and features plentiful Arkansas-related background stuff to make you go "Hey, it's that place!" and a church bus full of B-listers to make you go "Hey, it's that guy!" /more/
  • Watch 'Peace in the Valley,' a new documentary about the Eureka Springs civil rights ordinance

    October 28, 2015
    "Peace in the Valley" is a new, 15-minute documentary short directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher and produced by The Intercept, the online publication launched last year by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The film was commissioned as part of the Intercept's Field of Vision series. "They said — so there’s this town, there’s this vote, and there’s this big Jesus on a hill,” Palmieri said in an interview. “And we said OK.” /more/
  • More »

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Will Stephenson

  • A Q&A with Peter Guralnick

    On writing biographies, Elvis, Charlie Rich and more.
    • Apr 14, 2016
  • Ruthie Foster comes to South on Main

    Also, Mumford and Sons at Verizon, 29th Annual Ozark UFO Conference in Eureka Springs, Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival at Riverdale and Melanne Verveer at the Clinton School.
    • Apr 7, 2016
  • Goodbye to all that (Arkansas edition)

    What I'm trying to say is that I'm quitting the Arkansas Times — this is my last week — and not because I hated it, but because I loved it so much.
    • Apr 6, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Installing an end to hate: V.L. Cox

    Artist V.L. Cox is preparing an installation, "End Hate," that addresses the cynical and abominable bills coming out of the state Legislature to protect discrimination against the LGBT community.
    • Feb 20, 2015
  • Raborn reflects on Italy, at Boswell Mourot DATE CHANGE

    It's a quick show, so don't put it off: "An Italy Experience: Reflections on the Past and Present," figurative work by Laura Raborn, is at Boswell Mourot Fine Art Feb. 28 through March 5. March 21-April 2.
    • Mar 18, 2015
  • The shame of Robert E. Lee/MLK Day in Arkansas

    This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
    • Feb 11, 2015

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation