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June 28, 2013

Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon cause quite a stir

Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon cause quite a stir at Niagara Falls


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — As the story goes, Sarandon’s character and her late husband in the movie had always wanted to visit Niagara Falls, but life’s circumstances got in the way and they didn’t make it before he died. 

McCarthy said the movie, which also features the likes of Dan Akroyd and Allison Janney, ends in a “sweet” way for the various characters involved. 

“Cave of the Winds was like we finally did it,” she said. “It was like we finally crossed the finish line.” 

She called working with the likes of Sarandon and Bates “ridiculous” and a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

“Probably once or twice a day Ben and I look at each other and say ‘Is this happening, is this like a great dream that we’re going to wake up from and find out it’s not real?’” she said. “But, so far, I haven’t waken up.”

When asked why she and her husband chose Niagara Falls for the film’s climactic scenes, McCarthy said it just felt right. She said they both considered it a unique place everyone should see at least once in their lives. 

“It seemed like it had to be something kind of big and amazing,” she said. 

Onlookers were able to catch a glimpse of the stars in action on Thursday, albeit from a distance. The film shoot on the observation tower could be seen from the Prospect Point viewing area above the falls. 

For Pam Van Vleet, a Chicago resident who was visiting the park with her family on the last day of their four-day vacation, the presence of the celebrities came as a pleasant surprise.

“I think it’s cool,” she said. “I think it’s great that they are filming in the United States.” 

Norm Schneider, a Getzville resident works at the Niagara Sausage Co. in Niagara Falls, said he came down to simply spend some time in the park, not knowing Sarandon and company would be visiting as well.

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