Freshly back from my Search for Vince Vaughn, I didn’t see the actor himself but I did hear that’s his car (pictured here).
Today's one-day-only film shoot in Philipsburg Manor was beginning to pack up for the night, but you wouldn’t know it unless you went around to the back entrance on Continental Street where there seemed to be a faux camping scene happening, complete with kite-flying. There was a whole field full of tents down below and occassional group-screaming (in a campy way, not a scary way).
The movie, according to an unnamed employee in the gift shop (now labeled a "Holding Area"), was The Delivery Man. Not what I originally thought – The Internship, a movie Vaughn wrapped recently about working at Google, doesn't make a whole lot of sense here.
What the movie will be about, no one will tell. The Campus Coach bus driver who drove one of three full buses of extras up from the city before dawn this morning, said he only knew it was a comedy.
That’s also all I got from a film crew person with a walkie talkie, and Oliver, the communications guy with DreamWorks, complete with headset and prohibiting me any more access than my stance in the shubbery.
An Internet search of the movie title of course reveals more than these folks. Not just a comedy, but a sperm-donor comedy. The Delivery Man is a remake by Ken Scott of his own movie, Starbuck.
According to Cinemablend.com:
The film follows the tale of a middle-aged man (Vaughn) who learns that he has managed to father 533 children from sperm donations that he made when he was younger to collect quick cash. He then learns that 142 of those children are filing a class action lawsuit to find out who their dad is, that his police officer girlfriend (Smulders) is pregnant, and that he owes $80,000 to someone who very much wants to be paid.
The employee in the gift shop said she saw a lot of extras coming and going but no trace of Vaughn; neither did the bus driver. The employee couldn’t see any of the filming action either as it was all tucked away in the clearing adjacent to the back parking lot and the back entrance to GM (also a staging area).
At the Continental entrance, one curious neighbor, Jill Vallo, who described herself as a “movie fan in general” if not particularly of Vaughn, was still hanging out hoping she would catch a glimpse. She pointed out the tinted windows black SUV not far down the gravel driveway that she had been told was Vaughn’s car – driver at the ready.
Head of PR for the film Amy Cohn said she couldn’t disclose anything yet about it as it was too early in production – day two in fact.
On day three, Vallo said she heard they were on their way to Bear Mountain. Though it was approaching 5 p.m. and getting cold, she was going to hang here "a little longer."
Sleepy Hollow Officer Vince Lombardi was there to help the convoy of trucks and trailers get out of town safely and reported no issues there that day.
Was Vaughn still in that field? Yes, Vaughn apparently was here “somewhere,” said Cohn vaguely.
It seems maybe area school kids got more access than we faraway onlookers – as Philipsburg Manor, closed to the public on Tuesdays, did still entertain a few school groups on yellow buses for their usual farm tour. Or perhaps they were also cast as some of those 533 sperm-donor offspring?
All these secretive film folks seemed to be leaving behind was a kite caught in a tree from their "camping trip" in Sleepy Hollow.
And Vaughn's name attached to our Haunted Hayride as a sponsor.