New York in the South. 70s muscle cars cruising around in 2012. Alan Rickman with a ginger fro. Rupert Grint wearing a dog collar. These were just a few things seen on the set of CBGB.
Savannah, Ga. is known for its river walk, Spanish moss, delicate boutiques and Paula Dean’s restaurant. But, in the summer of 2012, it was transformed into New York City in the rock ‘n’ roll center of the 70s.
Extras walked around in bell bottoms, flowery shirts and dirty hair. Tin trash cans were strewn about a strip mall and old yellow taxi cabs circled blocks around the brick buildings.
The recreated club was a space converted to a grungy, country rejected party place. A red and black CBGB OMFUG canopy was mounted on the outside brick, advertising its raw talent and authenticity to the original club’s appearance.
With a cameo from Rupert’s character Cheetah Chrome and performance recordings from the featured bands themselves, the set was buzzing with star appearances and actors being trained by the stars they were appearing as.
Rupert was seen walking like the tough, black clad Cheetah alongside two members of the Dead Boys. Alan Rickman was seen with his fro bouncing as fiery club owner Hilly Kristal.
The overall atmosphere of the makeshift 70s New York alleyways, club sidewalks and scruffy bars was one of rock ‘n roll, drunken fights and an incredible history being cinematically recreated for everyone to be a part of.
Catch what happened when I caught up with Rupert after filming in our gallery! Audio interview coming soon.