Sep 14, 2013 8:56 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - A Hollywood Western returns to town holding casting auditions for a sequel to a movie that was shot in Southern Arizona earlier this year - bringing in an infusion of cash to the local economy.
When the move "Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink" was shot at Old Tucson Studios, producers estimate that they dropped about $1.5 million into the local economy throughout the course of the production - from hotel and catering expenses, to employing local actors. In this sequel, they're hoping to out-do themselves.
"So our intention is that we'll probably leave here... Somewhere around $2 million...maybe $2.2 million," said Jeffery Patterson, the executive producer for the film.
Saturday's open casting call brought in folks like Robert Wilkinson who is using this opportunity to escape the realities of like.
"It's a lot of fun and at this point that life is really about taking chances and learning stuff and having fun - and just getting outside the box of the daily life," Robert said.
That's exactly the point of the silver screen and so-called ‘movie magic.'
Despite the appealing tax incentives that other states offer for the film industry, Patterson said there's nothing quite like the genuine Southern Arizona desert for an Old Western backdrop.
"We were courted heavily by New Mexico and all ... It's just you can't replace Arizona... New Mexico just does not really look like Arizona," he said.
Additional auditions and call-backs will be held Sunday and filming for the movie could start as early as November 7th.