Ben Affleck Filming Movie in Cape Girardeau; Locals Trying to Stay Calm But, Like, OMG!

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The Affleck has landed.
  • The Affleck has landed.

Ben Affleck is in Missouri. And the good one, at that. The Argo and Good Will Hunting and future Batman Affleck. Not the Gigli and Surviving Christmas Affleck. That dude is sooo 2004.

But anyway, Ben Affleck is in Missouri, ya'll!! And so is Neil Patrick Harris. And model Emily Ratajkowski. They're holed up down in Cape Girardeau filming the who-dunnit thriller Gone Girl. Meanwhile, local residents are trying to keep their cool but, c'mon, what's a girl to do when Ben Affleck walks through your door?

Answer: Alert the media and let 'em know that you landed some hot scoop! Such was the case when KFVS-TV interviewed a thrift-store clerk who recently found herself waiting on Affleck and his stylist.

"They ended up spending about $1,000 in clothes for the movie," a breathless Melissa Colyer told the television station. "Ben Affleck was very tall. He was nice, and he had a Batman T-shirt on. His stylist was also really nice, and it's probably an experience I'll never forget."

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But she's not the only one to catch a glimpse of Affleck. Photos of the actor in Cape Girardeau are popping up all over social media. Same goes for sightings of the other celebs. Just this week the Southeast Missourian reported that Neil Patrick Harris was spotted at a local Starbucks. Drinking coffee!!

Continue on for more local reaction to the Hollywood stars, including a public plea for Cape residents to maintain their composure. Adding to the frenzy is that 20th Century Fox has been holding open casting calls for locals to play extras in the film adopted from the best-selling novel Gone Girl. The story tells of a wife who goes missing from the fictional Missouri town of North Carthage, and all eyes turn to her husband as the main suspect. (A plot, btw, that is eerily familiar to the real-life disappearance of Jacque Sue Waller, a Missouri mom who disappeared in 2011 and whose husband confessed this year to murdering her and burying the body on a deserted island in the Mississippi River.)

But, anyway, about those casting calls. They can be nerve-wracking, as two aspiring actors from Cape Girardeau demonstrated in a documentary they made of their puke-inducing audition.

The point is, everyone needs to just REMAIN CALM and follow the sage advice of the editorial board at the Southeast Missourian that recently instructed its readers how to act amid Hollywood royalty.

[W]e'd like to encourage everyone to remember that, while famous, these actors, directors and countless staff are here to work...Crowds gathering at scenes where shooting is taking place can cause distractions and disruptions. So let's be respectful. If you are driving about Cape Girardeau and see a road closure where filming is taking place, go ahead and look, but don't linger. Be respectful of their workspace and their need for silence so they can focus and make the best movie possible. If you see an actor or a famous face you recognize, feel free to smile and say hello. Be friendly, but not obsessive.

Just try telling that to the Facebook group Gone Girl Filming in Cape Girardeau. You know, the group neurotically tracking the film crew's every move.

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