Hollywood comes to GH

Grand Haven's independent bookstore will be featured on the big screen.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 19, 2014

The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave., was transformed Wednesday into a 1996 Minnesota bookstore for a scene in "The End of the Tour," which is due for release next year.

Since February, the cast and crew has filmed throughout West Michigan to depict the two weeks author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones reporter David Lipsky spent together on a promotional book tour. The film is based on Lipsky's book about the experience.

Jason Segel, who stars on the CBS show "How I Met Your Mother," portrays Wallace. Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in "The Social Network,” portrays Lipsky in the film directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Donald Margulies. Joan Cusack also stars in the film.

Patrick Werksma, a 2009 Grand Haven High School graduate, helped bring the production to Grand Haven. Werksma, who is the film’s location manager, said they chose Grand Haven’s Centertown because it is "new, yet old," has character, and the layout accommodated the nearly 100 extra actors for the scene.

Werksma described the filming as a “whirlwind” since pre-production began in January and filming will wrap up Monday. The Grand Haven native said the film might be in theaters by early 2015.

"This has been a phenomenal project to be on," Werksma said.

The crew began transforming The Bookman on Tuesday afternoon, said Elly Hulst, who works at the bookstore. Hulst said Werksma approached the store’s owners, Judith and John Waanders, in mid-February about the possibility of filming in their store.

Hulst said they appreciate that the production looked for "the small guy" instead of going to a large bookstore.

For most of Wednesday, Hulst helped turn off computers and phones, and answer questions crewmembers had such as the location of electrical outlets.

Hulst said Eisenberg introduced himself to them and said he was excited to see an independent bookstore. Hulst described him as a "personable, intelligent young man."

Filming began shortly after noon, and Hulst said it was interesting to see how segments were rehearsed, then filmed.

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hope Russia doesn't come to GH


Nice collaboration John and Judy.

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