Movie Producers To Locals: We'll Pay You $300 Not To Be 'Friends' With Jennifer Aniston
Townfolk near the set of the megastar's new film are getting cold hard cash -- just to stay scarce.
“The production company has been paying all the neighbors $300, I guess as an inconvenience fee,” local resident Leon Jaworoski told Celebuzz.
But the three hundred Benjamins aren't just for the benefit of the residents: producers are clearly hoping the money will keep peace on the set of the flick, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch.
“We had asked if we could take pictures for fun because they are shooting right in front of our homes, but they said absolutely not," Jaworoski said. "At one point paparazzi were on our lawn, but the police chased them away and told them to wait in their cars or off the property.”
“It got pretty hectic here," he added. "It took them several hours to set up a scene for only a few minutes of filming Jennifer on the street in the neighborhood."
It's not the first time the film's crew has run into difficulties while shooting: since filming began in early February, they've struggled to keep both the paparazzi and locals away from 44-year-old Aniston.
Said a set insider: “Producers were upset that some locals were shouting out Jennifer’s name and using flash photography to try and get pictures of her. They also found out that some paparazzi had paid a local resident to use their property to shoot Jennifer on the set. So when they moved to more rural location, they wanted to try and work with the local residents to make sure nothing like that happened again.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the production said: "Inconvenience fees are a common practice in the industry. Ours were paid to residents surrounding a shoot location so we could park equipment and trucks in their driveways or place lighting instruments and machinery on their property."
Along with Aniston, the Switch adaption stars Isla Fischer, Tim Robbins and rapper-turned-actor Mos Def.
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