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WILMINGTON – Fans hope to catch a glimpse of major movie stars and check out the set as filming of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” gets underway in Wilmington. The film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michael Caine is the first to shoot in the city in three years.
Carol Fort didn’t mind one bit that the Journey two production invaded her entire neighborhood with massive trailers, set lights, stunt equipment and wires weaving across the lawn on Thursday and Friday.
For Fort, it’s such a thrill to have part of the movie filmed on her block that she popped up a sign in front of her house welcoming “The Rock” along with the rest of the cast and crew.
“This is the most exciting thing we’ve had on our street since the last hurricane,” said Fort.
Fort watched for hours from her window as the crew filmed stunts in a neighbors yard.
“They did the scenes where they jumped the bike into the neighbors pool and we could see that from the window,” remembered Fort.
She felt like it was too good to be true when she got a chance to meet “the Rock”.
“He’s a very nice looking young man, easy on the eyes and was most gracious to us,” said Fort.
Other fans were out early to wait hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.
“I was waiting to see like Josh [Hutcherson] and we were waiting for like five or six hours,” said Kennedy Woods, a fan.
Security guard Robert Roach makes sure fans don’t interrupt production and to keep an eye on the equipment.
“If there’s any fans around, you got to keep them away from the area that they are shooting. If they make any noise or anything, it messes stuff up,” said Roach.
But Roach admits there’s perks to being all the action.
“Watching all the pretty girls I guess,” said Roach.
As for stars like Dwayne Johnson, they appear to be enjoying themselves on location. We found behind the scene shots on his Facebook page.
And even after the film crew takes down the set, fans like Fort still have something to look forward to.
“I’m excited to see the movie and to see if our house shows up,” said Fort.
Film production is expected to last five months and should help boost the Port City’s economy