Mount Vernon Mystery Revealed

April 12, 2007 at 10:30 am 6 comments

When joyously reunited at Mount Vernon on Monday, LeMare and I came across a mystery on the back lawn of George Washington’s estate: a huge party tent, thousands of dollars worth of pristine floral arrangements, and a crew setting up a red and blue sign overlooking the Potomac that read, “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Except at that point in construction, it was more like, “Hap Birt M Pres.” Before coming across the sign, we suspected it may be a grand baby shower for Mary Cheney or something.

National Treasure Shoot at Mount Vernon

Word on the street from the helpful “historical interpreters” was that the crew of National Treasure was setting up for a shoot that evening. The Washington Post has now cleared up any uncertainty by reporting the following:

“It was a super-glam night at Mount Vernon, 300 guests mingling on the riverfront yard at a black-tie birthday party for the president. Except that it dragged on until dawn, the women were freezing in their strapless dresses and open-toed shoes, and the POTUS? Actually actor Bruce Greenwood.

Yes, it was another shoot for Nic Cage‘s “National Treasure” sequel, which has been filming all across the D.C. area this month. Tuesday night’s, though, stood out for the number of extras employed, the late hour, and the fact that no major movie has filmed at George Washingtons house since “The Pelican Brief” in 1993. Extras playing waiters passed real hors d’oeuvres, which no one was supposed to eat, but you know how it goes.”

-JL

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  • 1. lemare  |  April 12, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I think I speak for all of us when I wonder, “what were these ‘real hors d’oeuvres’ of which this article speaks?” I’m imagining bacon-wrapped chesnuts, perhaps some lovely cheeses?

    In other news, two thumbs up for the first National Treasure. It kept my attention, and you’d have no qualms watching it with your mother….

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  • 2. Jdon  |  April 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I am going to politefully disagree with Lemare. I find any movie featuring Nicholas Cage in bad taste, especially any movie that casts him as the smartest puzzle solver of all time.

    Right! I have a hard time swallowing any role in which he is cast unless the picture has the words “Raising” and “Arizona” in them.

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  • 3. lemare  |  April 12, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    “We bought this starter home outside of suburban Tempe” (Zoom in on trailer in the desert…)

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  • 4. lemare  |  May 26, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Last night, when I was at the theater, a preview for National Treasure came up. I told the guy next to me that I saw them setting up for filming at Mt. Vernon.

    I was utterly confused by his response: “What were you doing at Mt. Vernon?”

    What do you THINK I was doing at Mt. Vernon?

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  • 5. It’s Not Rory’s First Kiss. « In Rare Form  |  August 14, 2007 at 2:58 pm

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  • […] gave you the scoop about the filming months ago, upon the very inception of this blog.  This was on the very day when JL wrote the check to […]

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