Brad Pitt-Produced “True Story” to be Filmed Monday at Sparky’s Diner

The film will not be hiring extras from the community

Memo to all Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and James Franco fans:

Sparky's Diner; location of Monday's film shoot of Brad Pitt's "True Story"
Sparky’s Diner; location of Monday’s film shoot of Brad Pitt’s “True Story”

We don’t know if any of these stars will be in Garnerville for tomorrow’s shoot of the Pitt-produced flick “True Story,” but if they will be in North Rockland at all, tomorrow will be the day.

Crew for the film began setting up for Monday, April 8th’s shoot at Sparky’s Diner in Garnerville on Friday. Not too much was changed in the restaurant, but framed photos were affixed on the walls and a large, wooden bear was placed on the west side of the restaurant.

The film, directed by Rupert Goold, is based upon the memoirs of Michael Finkel, a New York Times journalist whose identity was stolen by Christian Longo, a former fugitive who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for the murder of his wife and children. Longo will be played by actor James Franco, while Felicity Jones will play Finkel’s girlfriend.

Wooden bear that film crew set as part of the scenery
Wooden bear that film crew set as part of the scenery
Sparky’s owner and manager Jeannie Nicolakis told the Rockland County Times in March that word of the shoot had attracted a great deal of excitement.“People are so thrilled that somebody local would host these people to do a movie,” Nicolakis said. “A lot of good things have happened in this place, and this is just one of them.”
Crew told the Rockland County Times that due to actors union regulations the film’s producers would not be hiring local extras to take part in the scene.