ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – With stars in their eyes, 200 Ann Arborites, and others drawn to the bright lights of the business, showed up for filming of  “The Ides of March.”

On the set of George Clooney’s upcoming film about a candidate running in the U.S. presidential primaries, Rod Fielder said he came all the way from Dayton Ohio for a chance to appear in the movie.

Tuesday’s scene, being shot at the Ann Arbor’s Arthur Miller Theatre Auditorium, depicts a politicians’ town-hall style meeting. It’s a case of art imitating life, given industry concerns over Governor Rick Snyder’s proposal to cap the tax incentives for filmmaking.

Fielder told WWJ’s Ron Dewey he sees the Michigan film incentive program as critical to budding actors like himself, and to the state’s economy.

“I came here and got a hotel room, for example, and who knows how many days I will be here, so I think it probably brings more than it costs,” Fielder said.

Clooney is both directing and acting in the film which also features Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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