Making of ‘The Stand-In’



Doug High:                          Hey friends, Doug High with you. We are in Lexington, but bales of hay. We’ve got to talk about this. There’s something exciting going on here. Hollywood has found its way to Lexington, to central Kentucky. And we’re at Wrigley Media Group, this is a production studio, the production studio, really, here in central Kentucky. And I’ve got, literally, a movie-making family dynasty going on here.

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Ross Babbit:                       It’s a dynasty. Yeah, yeah, totally.

Doug High:                          Guys, introduce yourselves to our viewers.

Ross Babbit:                       I’m Ross Babbit, Executive Producer of the film.

Jamie Babbit:                     I’m Jamie Babbit, Director of The Stand-In, a movie now shooting here in Lexington.

Doug High:                          Are you guys twins? What’s the deal here?

Ross Babbit:                       No, no.

Doug High:                          I am so much younger.

Ross Babbit:                       No, yes. Way younger, way, way younger.

Doug High:                          Of course you are, of course you are. No, there’s lot of buzz about this, guys. The whole city, the whole region’s really excited, so tell us a little bit about this film and how it found its way to our little horse town.

Ross Babbit:                       Why don’t you start with what the film’s about? Why don’t you start with that?

Jamie Babbit:                     So the movie is about Drew Barrymore, it’s a doppelganger movie. Drew plays two different characters, she plays both a movie star and a stand-in for the movie star-

Doug High:                          I see.

Jamie Babbit:                     And it’s a little bit like Freak Friday, where the two Drew Barrymore’s switch places.

Doug High:                          And hilarity ensues or … ?

Jamie Babbit:                     Hilarity ensues and the happy ending is one of the Drew Barrymore’s moves to Lexington, Kentucky, makes her dreams comes true, opens a furniture shop in Versailles and boy, is everything-

Ross Babbit:                       Happily ever after.

Jamie Babbit:                     … roses.

Ross Babbit:                       Yes, yes, yes.

Doug High:                          Okay. All right, guys. Now explain the dynamic here of you’re a content development producer here at Wrigley, and you just happened to …

Ross Babbit:                       Well, we’ve been working on various things in the entertainment business for … what? 25 years or so.

Jamie Babbit:                     Yeah.

Ross Babbit:                       And in fact, I produced a very low budget, short-film for her like 25 years ago, and our paths have been a little different. She went the scripted route, I went the unscripted route, kind of reality show TV, and we’ve always talked about teaming up, right? So …

Doug High:                          This is it.

Ross Babbit:                       This is it.

Jamie Babbit:                     This is it.

Ross Babbit:                       So a movie where she needed a small town for this bucolic last scene of the movie. She reached out to me, we started talking and one thing lead to another and really got involved, and we’re here.

Doug High:                          That’s totally awesome, I love that, because your television resume is extensive-

Ross Babbit:                       Oh that, yeah.

Doug High:                          So this is pretty cool, getting into the motion picture side and then of course, just happen to have a close family member who’s an awesome director. Tell me a little bit about why Lexington was such a good choice, why this area was such a good choice for your film?

Jamie Babbit:                     Lexington is such a beautiful town. There’s so much amazing architecture here, so we’re taking advantage of the downtown architecture, the beauty of City Hall, the quaint, charming idea of Versailles, and also, this awesome studio, which is in Lexington and Wrigley is an amazing production company. So we have a lot of support here, so it’s great to be here. I will say, a lot more things would shoot in Kentucky if you guys had a tax credit. So I shoot all the time in Atlanta, Georgia has an amazing tax credit. Kentucky needs to get on board, because if they can get the governor and the rest of the government to get on board and get that tax credit, there will be so many jobs here in entertainment.

Doug High:                          Let’s make that soundbite go viral, right there. That makes a lot of sense.

Jamie Babbit:                     It’s true though.

Doug High:                          Guys, we want to talk more about this and we also want to know the story behind the bales of hay-

Ross Babbit:                       Yeah, there’s a story behind that, so yes.

Doug High:                          … it factors into the movie. But we got to take a break, we’re back with more in just a second, so stick around. You’re watching Good Day.