After he showed up at some of the biggest rock shows of summer in the Twin Cities, including the Basilica Block Party and Rock the Garden, Woody Harrelson topped off his month and a half of filming in town at one of Minneapolis’ most legendary watering holes, the CC Club, for his movie’s local wrap party on Saturday night.
The Oscar-nominated, Texas-reared actor – who has been in town since mid-June for his starring role in “Wilson” -- reportedly showed up late and didn’t stay long at the party. However, just the fact that the bash was held there can be a cool bragging point for the less-than-fancy Lyndale Avenue bar, central to Replacements lore and other Minneapolis rock stories.
“It took me a minute to even recognize him, he just sort of blended in,” said CC Club drink slinger Adena Montez, who brought some wine glasses to Harrelson on the patio. She said he and the rest of the party attendees from the film crew “seemed to be having a great time. It was a real interesting mix of people.”
There was no word on how they chose the CC for the bash. However, it apparently wasn't Harrelson's first time there -- although it may still have been his first time in the door. Longtime CC Club employee Kim Laurent Lusk recalled on Facebook that the actor showed up years ago (date or reasons unknown), but he got refused at the door because he wasn't wearing shoes, she said.
"And this time he booked the event! And must've worn shoes!" Laurent Lusk joked on Facebook.
Based on a graphic novel of the same name about a curmudgeon trying to make amends with his family, Wilson also co-stars Laura Dern, who did not make it to Saturday’s party. Film locations for the movie included the Mall of America, St. Paul’s Lowertown district and Highland Park High School, the Washington County Jail in Stillwater and Snuffy’s Malt Shop in Roseville.
Lucinda Winter, executive director of the Minnesota Film and TV Board, said that more than 50 locations were used around the metro area during “Wilson’s” filming, which wrapped Friday after a 30-day shoot. The movie is scheduled for release sometime next year from Fox Searchlight Pictures.