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My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars
My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

Prior to filming, airport staff and security also worked with the cast and crew for several weeks to scout out locations and times for filming, as well as enlighten production crews on the airports strict security rules and regulations.

“The End of the Tour” is a biographical drama based on David Lipsky’s 2010 book, “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself”.  Eisenberg is playing Lipsky.  Actor Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace, an American novelist.  The film also features actor Joan Cusack, who reportedly stayed at the Ramada Plaza in Grand Rapids earlier this month, according to the business’ Facebook page.