Hollywood Alaska

The formerly "Everybody Loves Whales," - now called "Big Miracle," the first major, modern movie filmed entirely in Alaska is about to hit theaters. The tale of serial killer Robert Hansen, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, filmed in Anchorage this fall. Other major-studio films are considering an Alaska shoot, even as an army of reality TV camera crews continues to prowl the state. Producers credit the state’s fledgling tax incentive program – one of the most generous such public subsidies in the country – with enticing movie-makers to the Last Frontier. How long will the gold rush last? Is the state getting a big enough return on its investment? Welcome to Hollywood, Alaska.

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From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
Actors dressed in 1980's vintage APD uniforms exit "Hansen's Bakery" as filming began on today in East Anchorage. Photo by Bill RothActors dressed in 1980's vintage APD uniforms exit "Hansen's Bakery" as filming began on today in East Anchorage. Photo by Bill Roth

Paris Bakery is playing the role of "Hansen's Bakery," the shop owned by Robert Hansen, who is believed to have killed up to 21 women in the 1970s and '80s. I drove by to take a look:

In this clip, you can see a vintage brown Oldsmobile arrive and park beside that period white-and-blue APD squad car. That's Cusack climbing out of the car and walking toward the bakery. Moments later, the crew shifted to begin filming a scene in which Cusack, who plays Hansen, greets a man carrying a loaf of bread out of the shop.

The storefront next to the bakery has been designed to look like a dollar store. Posters in the window advertise "Steak Knives $1."

UPDATE: I asked the city manager's office about the potential traffic disruption along Muldoon and the status of filming permits.

Just received this response by email: "This morning, state of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage right-of-way agents dispatched and reminded production crew of regulations surrounding operations near the ROW."

John Cusack, who plays Robert Hansen, walks along the Paris Bakery parking lot today. Photo by Bill RothJohn Cusack, who plays Robert Hansen, walks along the Paris Bakery parking lot today. Photo by Bill Roth

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