9 kooky, cool and cray-cray ways Dayton is in the movies
By Amelia Robinson
The Dayton area has ended up in film in some of the most interesting ways. Here are 9 connections you may not know about:
1. Incredible for what
The Hulk, yeah the incredible, is a Daytonian.
Bruce Banner, the Hulk's saner side, was born in Dayton, according to his profile on Marvel.com.
2. The Double Deuce
Cody (Jeff Healey), the band singer in the Double Deuce, goes way back with Dalton, Patrick Swayze's character in "Road House."
Cody: "Man, this toilet is worse than the one that we worked in Dayton."
Cody: "Oh man, it's a mean scene around here, man. There's blood on the floor of this joint every night."
3. Miles Ahead
Actor and director Don Cheadle used the former Dayton City Jail earlier this month for a portion of his Miles Davis biopic.
4. How about that Close Up
Joe Gillis, played by William Holden (the poor dope who ended up floating in the pool) in the classic film “Sunset Boulevard,” makes reference to his time at a Dayton newspaper.
“The time had come to wrap up the whole Hollywood deal and go home. Maybe if I hawked all my junk, there’d be enough for a bus ticket back to Ohio. Back to that $35-a-week job behind the copy desk at the Dayton Evening Post if it was still open. Back to the smirking delight of the whole office. ‘Alright you wise guys, why don’t you go out and take a crack at Hollywood.’” Source: Screenwriting from Iowa
It is far less known than the Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) line: “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
5. How Blue
Directed and written by Karen Moncrieff, the 2002 film “Blue Car” about a gifted and troubled teenage girl from Dayton, was filmed here.
6. Alien invading
A map of Dayton was used in the trailer for the 2011 sci-fi film “Super 8.”
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is mentioned in the film that follows a group of Ohio kids who witness a train derailment while filming a zombie flick with a Super-8 camera.
Part of the 2007 film “Across the Universe” is set at a fictional Dayton High School. The movie’s plot revolves around Beatles lyrics. Prudence (T.V. Carpio) is from Dayton and pines for a fellow member of the Dayton High Wildcat cheerleader squad.
The 1997 film "Gummo" was filmed in Nashville but set in a fictional version of Xenia, Ohio. The film about the bored residents of a tornado-stricken town was made by Harmony Korine.
9. It is all good
“We’re Doing Fine” shot at several Dayton locations in November.
Written and directed by 2001 Stivers School for the Arts graduate Djuna Wahlrab, the indie movie is about two friends, one who moved from Dayton and the other who stayed.