Enderby has made an impression on Hollywood.
Members of city council met with Sir Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the cast and crew of Go With Me Sunday to present them with gift baskets featuring local products.
“It was pretty special,” said Rick Dugdale, the film’s producer who grew up in Enderby.
“It was heartfelt and humbling, It was a day I’ll never forget.”
Filming ended Tuesday after taking place for the past month. While in the region, the production bolstered the economy, but, more importantly, the cast and crew, including Hopkins, developed a relationship with residents in coffee shops and about town.
“He’s so taken by the community,” said Dugdale of Hopkins.
The City of Enderby decided to present the cast and crew with gifts before production officially wrapped up. Ray Liotta and Julie Stiles also spent considerable time in the area as they also star in the film.
“Anthony Hopkins was extremely kind and friendly,” said Mayor Greg McCune.
“It’s awesome that he’s taken a liking to our area, and we are thrilled to have him here along with such a tremendous cast and crew.”
Special recognition was also given to Dugdale, owner of Hollywood-based Enderby Entertainment.
“I think it’s amazing that Rick is doing what he is doing and achieving his dream, and bringing this back to his hometown,” said McCune.
Hopkins met with artist Jaime Seward Sunday.
“I even got a kiss. I’m pretty touched,” she said.
Using a photograph, Seward created a painting of Hopkins standing in front of city hall. It was her way of paying tribute to the film’s impact on the community.
“Bringing Hollywood to Enderby is fantastic,” she said.
“I have always admired him and appreciated him being here.”
The painting was purchased by McCune and is now displayed inside city hall.
The crew’s wrap-up party was Saturday at the Enderby Inn and virtually everyone attended.
“It shows how tight the crew is but it also shows the influence the community has had on this film,” said Dugdale, adding that the party began with a blessing ceremony by members of the Splatsin First Nation.
“All of our lives have been touched.”
Post-production on Go With Me will now begin and it’s expected to be released in late 2015.