Macon 'Need for Speed' Filming Hits Day Two

6:19 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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A Mustang used in the film (Courtesy: Richard McWilliams)

Filming for 'Need for Speed' is in full swing Thursday, with street closings, rolling roadblocks and some spectacular stunt driving going on around town.

Filmmakers split off into three Macon locations.

The day started with traffic scenes on Hardeman Avenue, near the downtown Macon post office.

Some of those scenes featured a gray-and-blue Mustang -- apparently one of the film's featured cars -- careening into heavy traffic from Arlington Place.

One of the film's stars, British actress Imogen Poots, was sighted at the Hardeman Avenue location.

Just as on Wednesday, the first day, lots of spectators came out, hoping to get a glimpse of the action or even a spot in the film.

Brent Lunsford said, "It's not everyday in Macon that you get to see a film crew here and um, it's pretty cool cars to me too so."

Brandi Auchmoedy said, "We've been kind of excited about the whole movie deal you know of course they've been having movies out here but it's actually out in front of our street you know. And just check out how they do it and how they make the movies is pretty exciting."

The filmmakers also planned "rolling roadblocks" on Interstate 75 between 9 a.m. and noon.

After noon, filming was expected to pick up on Magnolia Street in downtown Macon.

The film company has installed three speed bumps on the quiet residential street, between College Avenue and Spring Street.

People on Magnolia Street told 13WMAZ's Suzanne Lawler that lots of people in the neighborhood took the day off to watch filming.

The scene reportedly shows some of the characters getting lost in a quiet neighborhood off the interstate.

Friday, filming moves south of the downtown.


Martin Luther King Blvd. between Hawthorne Street and Plum Street Lane, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lower Poplar Street, south of 7th Street, will be closed from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The film, based on the popular video-game series, involves a coast-to-coast car race.

The stars include Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, former Batman Michael Keaton, rapper Kid Cudi and Poots.

The filmmakers plan to be here in Macon through May 3rd.
Need for Speed is scheduled to be released in March 2014.

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