Have you ever wondered if The Rock is as tall in person as he appears on TV? Well, let me answer that question for you: he is. And Zac Efron looks just as good in person as he does on TV. These are the things I learned when my spring break happened to be during the filming of the new Baywatch movie in March of 2016. You all know I’m super into this kind of thing, so this was a dream come true for me. I had planned to share this post the day the movie premiered, which is May 25, but I will be in Berlin with limited wifi and no laptop.
Surprise! It’s dropping early.
*All of the following pictures are mine, unless otherwise credited in the caption. Feel free to share them, just give proper credit.*
Notice that the sign on this pavilion says “Emerald Bay Pier Pavilion.” That’s not where we were. This movie was shot in both Savannah, Georgia and on Tybee Island, which is where I was staying. Our balcony offered us a view of all of the action, but I’m not including any pictures of that because I’m pretty sure the security guards would find out and this blog would be finished. The pier is public, however, they closed most of it down for filming throughout the week, which was really sad because my favorite ice cream shop is right inside.
This is from the end of the pier, which we were able to access the first day before shooting actually began. (Click on the images to make them larger!) If you go see the movie, you’ll see a scooter chase happening right here, I’m not sure what the context is but I’m pretty sure Zac will be zipping up and down on a silver moped. (And there was a pink one sitting outside his trailer so be on the lookout for that!)
The famous Baywatch lifeguard trucks… my mom was LIVING for this. I’ve never even seen Baywatch before but I knew enough to know that we all needed pictures posing beside a truck… something I swore to myself I’d never do. I think this can be an exception. Once the filming had wrapped on the beach for the day, we were allowed to look around some.
Don’t worry, I didn’t cross the caution tape to get any of these pictures. They are completely legal. Earlier in the day, my friend Callie and I had just gone on a run on the beach when we were mistaken for extras by a producer. HA! My first IMDB credit was so close but we decided sitting in a tent for 10 hours in a bikini with 300 other people wasn’t our idea of a good time. We ran back to the condo and watched from the comfort of the air conditioning.
These pictures were taken by my friend, Callie. I do have a video of The Rock leaving set but I don’t want to pay the extra $60 to be able to upload that, so just use your imagination. What I do have is Zac Efron throwing up deuces and Kelly Rohrbach showing off that famous red swim suit (think Pamela Anderson and you’ll know what I’m talking about).
Sunsets on set came to be my favorite part of the day. One reason? It got quiet again. That’s the thing… Tybee is a quiet little island. Bringing in such a high profile movie disrupted that island life I’m so used to living while there (I’ve been going to Tybee since 4th grade) and I’m not going to pretend it didn’t get annoying at points. Not being able to get everywhere was annoying. There was security everywhere, production crews set up for shooting at 5:00 a.m., local restaurants closed… it was kind of a mess. But I wouldn’t trade the experience, either. I stumbled upon front row seats to one of 2017’s most anticipated films and I can’t complain about that.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up on the big screen. I mean, I was a mere 50 feet away from the action… we even had our own crew member. I think he drew the short straw that day because all he did was stand there for 8 hours and yell at people to stop climbing on the props. And no, I was not one of those people, thank you.
Here’s a link to the preview if you haven’t seen it yet: Baywatch Exclusive Official Trailer
Until next time!