Region 8 Leaves It's Mark on "Walk the Line"

November 30, 2005 – Posted at 5:39 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Walk the Line has been in theatres for two weeks and has already grossed more than $54 million dollars.

The movie chronicles the life and times of singer Johnny Cash and features his childhood, growing up in rural Arkansas.

In fact, a lot of the film was shot on location right here in the Natural State. If you watch closely, you might notice some familiar faces and places.

JPD Patrolman Seth Bruce worked as an extra with fellow officers Owen Smith and Royce Smith. Ironically enough, the trio played prisoners.

"It was a long 13 hour day. We dressed up in prisoner outfits they had that they had gotten from Shelby County Detention Center and it was like we were attending a Johnny Cash concert," said Bruce, "We had to clap and cheer, and it was a very long, tiring day. A lot longer and tiring then I would have thought before, but that was the first movie I was ever in."

He's excited, but Bruce's big debut isn't going to his head...

"One time, you can see me really, really closely. It's right at the beginning, where the camera is behind the guard's head, and if you look to the right, you can see me pretty plain," smiled Bruce, "Then the other time, later on in the movie, from the stage looking out you can see me again."

And if the motel scene looked familiar, that's because it was shot right here in Region 8. K8 news was on the set last August. Special effects crews remodeled the motel and wired tree limbs to explode...and it was all filmed in Forrest City.

Filmmakers paid close attention to detail...and as long as you don't might catch a car or two you've seen on roads around here.

"I got a phone call asking me to bring my truck over to Helena," said James "Buster" Robinson, "They said, don't clean your truck up, bring it down here dirty, and if you can find a muddy field, drive it through the mud. I said I don't drive it through the mud for no one, I keep it nice!"

A 1930 Model A Coupe, a red '54 Chevy truck and a '49 Nash all belong to local boys.

"They put us out there on the street and I drove my '49 Nash across the intersection about five or six times until they got the scene right, but apparently they didn't get the scene right, cause they didn't use it," laughed Max Williamson.

Chalk it up to the dangers of the cutting room floor!

It cost Twentieth Century Fox around $28 million dollars to make the movie...but you won't see those kinds of zeros around here.

"I got paid $150. It was worth it and I had a lot fun you know too," said Williamson. "We got paid minimum wage for 13 hours of work," laughed Bruce.

"Well, they paid me $175 dollars and I kept the check...framed, some place I've got it framed," chuckled Robinson.

And for those of you that haven't seen the movie yet, you'll just have to check it out to see those familiar faces and places.