The unlikely story behind a film shoot in Jordan, Minn.
A production team has found an ideal location for a movie scene featuring actor Joe Keery. The owner initially did not want to be part of it. She is happy to have changed her mind.
JORDAN, Minnesota — For a few weeks now, a movie production starring actor Joe Keery has been a trending topic in Minnesota. The ‘Stranger Things’ star drew big crowds – and big business – for a few small towns chosen for filming locations.
Several hundred Keery fans filled the sidewalks – and local shops – in Jordan on Monday looking for a glimpse of the actor while trying to escape record-breaking heat.
“It’s hot, so we’ve got our sunscreen, we’ve got an umbrella, we’re good to go,” said Gretchen Graham, who drove her daughter, Alaina, and friend, Delaney Meyer, into town from Prior Lake. .
“We’re really big ‘Stranger Things’ fans,” Alaina said.
Very few people in town knew much about the movie itself, which was reportedly titled “Marmelade,” but that only added to the intrigue for many.
“I think it’s really cool that they chose this city in Minnesota, out of all the places, it was really cool,” said Vivian Nguyen, who flew in from Eagan on Monday morning to see the shoot. “They were in that car and they were filming the shots over and over, and we could see them running around inside that building.”
Water Street Antiques is the building that Nguyen and everyone were obsessed with. But the business owner who was at the center of the filming almost canceled everything.
“Somebody decided this would be a good place to shoot a movie,” said Kathy Lapic, owner of Water Street Antiques. “However I didn’t.”
Lapic says she was concerned that an upfront contract for filming would impact the dealerships who share her building.
“I wasn’t going to cut off their income for five days,” she said, “So I declined.”
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And the promise of a movie star walking into his store didn’t originally have much of an impact.
“When they told me, sent me pictures (of Joe Keery), I had no idea,” she said. “I haven’t had a television for 13 years.”
Lapic says she suggested the crew try another location, but they retaliated with a more attractive offer. They immobilized his store for a single day, in a corner of the building.
So what’s so special about this corner?
“I never found out why it was,” Lapic said. “There’s a window, an outside window there, bbut they were reluctant to explain many things to me. I think it was intentional.”
Lapic, who doesn’t even like being photographed, was fine with the secrecy and later developed a crush on Keery as well.
‘He was looking at the stuff we have here and was kind of interested in buying some things so I asked him if I could get an autograph for my great-granddaughter,’ she said. declared. “He very graciously gave this to me.”
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Keery also signed for dozens of fans who braved the heat, including Alaina and Delaney.
“I’m so excited I’m shaking,” Delaney said.
“I’m going to frame it, display it,” Alaina said. “Make sure I can see him every day.”
Jasmine Resendiz, who lives in Jordan, also returned home with several autographs.
“I was here around 4 a.m.,” she said. “It’s so cool to see him up close like that, and especially since he’s filming in our little little town that isn’t really recognized. It’s kind of cool.”
Although he missed the big crowds due to filming the movie. Kathy Lapic says the cast and crew bought hundreds of dollars worth of antiques, and on Tuesday she had at least 20 customers telling her they stopped because Joe Keery came.
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