Despite Strike, John Leguizamo Pops Up in Kentucky for Film Shoot — Here’s Why
Hooray for Hollywood...Kentucky. Actually, there IS a Hollywood KY. It's a suburb of Lexington and very close to the University of Kentucky campus. But it's not the Commonwealth's latest film location of choice.
Okay, I think we can all agree that it can no longer be considered a surprise when film crews show up anywhere in Kentucky to shoot a movie. The well-publicized tax incentive that has lured producers and directors to the Bluegrass State is clearly a doozy. I mean, we're not just talking about Louisville as an attractive site for filmmakers; Somerset and Shelbyville have also been ground zero for television and big-screen productions.
Indie Film Shooting in Louisville Suburb
And the latest? That would be a new film called Bob Trevino Likes It. So, who the heck is Bob Trevino--played by John Leguizamo, by the way--and what would he be doing at the Lyndon Animal Clinic in Louisville?
Obviously, the answer to that question will come upon the release of the movie which was written by the film's director Tracie Laymon. Laymon was inspired to write Bob Trevino Likes It after searching for her father online and developing a friendship in the process.
Kentucky Filming of New Movie Continues Despite Strike, But How?
Your next question might be, "How is this even happening considering the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes?" That crossed my mind, too, but it seems there are MULTIPLE films that can continue to be in production, and the union's website clears that up:
As of 07/27/2023 (end of business day), this list includes productions that are signed to agreements within the scope of the strike order, but have signed Interim Agreements allowing them to resume. For productions listed in black, members may work on these productions without being in violation of the strike order.
I don't understand the ins and outs of all that, but I do know that it means that not everything has ground to a halt. So the work continues. And Bob Trevino Likes It will soon hit post-production.
And then we can add another film to the growing list of movies shot in Kentucky.