CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) – Ben Affleck’s new thriller Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and based on the novel by author Gillian Flynn, is now in theaters, and the movie was filmed not too far away in the Southeast Missouri city of Cape Girardeau.
The name of the fictional town in the movie is North Carthage, Missouri, but the landmarks you’ll see are found in Cape Girardeau, a city along the Mississippi River.
“One would be the courthouse, the Cape Girardeau riverfront and Riverfront Park,” says Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Center, of the featured landmarks.
“I did have my 1.2 seconds of fame and was actually in one of the search scenes and had the opportunity to shake Ben Affleck’s hand,” Martin says. “My wife, needless to say, held my hand probably far longer than she has in a long time.”
“When filming wrapped, Ben Affleck actually waded into the crowd, he had his picture taken with families, he had pictures taken with children, with dogs with young with old,” Martin says. “And for him to take time to, after a very exhausting day of filming, to walk out into the crowd, to greet the people, to interact with them the way that he did, I thought spoke to him as a person.”
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