Ahavath Achim Goes Hollywood

Ahavath Achim Goes Hollywood

David R. Cohen

David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

A comedy film starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms got a helping hand from members of the Atlanta Jewish community at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Srochi Hall is dressed up for a faux simcha.
Srochi Hall is dressed up for a faux simcha.

The movie, titled “Bastards,” began shooting in Atlanta on Oct. 5. It employed more than 100 extras, many of whom were Ahavath Achim congregants, over a full day of shooting in the library, chapel, sanctuary and Srochi Hall at the Buckhead synagogue.

The script of the film, written by Justin Malen, is about two brothers, played by Wilson and Helms, who find out that their biological father is still alive and set off on the road to find him.

Also starring in the Warner Bros. film are Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames and Glenn Close. Lawrence Sher, who was the cinematographer on the three “Hangover” films with Helms, is making his directorial debut with “Bastards.”

“I wish we could film here all the time,” Wilson, who posed for personal photos with community members on the set, told Rabbi Neil Sandler after the shooting was completed. “The energy is really positive.”

“Bastards” is scheduled for release next November.

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