Milla Jovovich simulates intercourse in Ypsi alley


I just talked with someone who was inside the Tap Room the other day, watching the filming of the independent feature, Stone. This person was there until 5:00 AM Thursday night. Apparently the scene being shot in the local Ypsi bar that night featured Robert DeNiro, who plays a corrections officer in the film. This particular scene, I’m told, was of DeNiro being taken out by his prison guard buddies upon his retirement. (A quintessential scene in a majority of cop movies shot since 1970.).

I could be wrong about this, but it sounded like the full day was spent getting ready for this one five-minute shot, and then breaking everything down. I guess that’s how the film business works… For the most part, it’s just standing around, and waiting… So, after hours of setup, I’m told, DeNiro came in, shot the five minute scene, and left. And that was that.

The cool thing is, I’m told they let some of the Tap Room employees stay in the shots. I don’t think, however, that any of the bar’s regulars made it in. (Speaking of Tap Room regulars, does anyone remember Jerry?)

I’m not sure what the scene shot on Saturday, at the South Washington Street Beer Cooler, was all about. My guess, and I’m likely way off, is that it might have something to do with the crime that put Edward Norton, who costars in the film, in prison. The prison scenes, by the way, are being shot at the old prison in Jackson, Michigan.

According to our sources, the film is about the affair between the corrections officer, DeNiro, and Norton’s wife, played by Milla Jovovich. I’m guessing that she seduces the older actor in order to help her husband get parol, but that could be way off too. According to one source, the whole movie is just about a convicted arsonist’s wife who has a lot of sex when he goes to prison. I guess that could be true, but I think there would have to be more to it than that. Regardless, word is that Jovovich shot a steamy sex scene a few days ago in the alley behind the Tap Room. No word as to whether or not DeNiro, Norton, or any Tap Room regulars were involved.

My parents live in a tiny town in Kentucky where they shot the Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman film Rain Man. One time they took me to the little restaurant where Hoffman’s autistic savant character, having seen someone drop a box of toothpicks to the floor, is immediately able to count them all. If I’m not mistaken, the owners now sell boxes of toothpicks there. Or, at least they did, ten years ago. And, I may be wrong about this too, but I think they told me, as we were talking, that, every once in a while, someone would come in, drop a few, and try to deliver the toothpick line like in the movie.

Anyway, all this leaves me wondering if, assuming the film is popular, we’ll have a surge of interest from folks wanting to have sex behind the Tap Room. It also has me wondering if maybe, with all of these stars in Ypsi, we’re missing a huge opportunity for a local talk show. I mentioned before that it would be cool to do something like that on the stage of the Elbow Room. I was only half-serious at the time, but now I’m thinking that it might really be doable. If we could lure just one star in for an interview, I don’t suspect others would be that hard to attract. And God knows they’ve got to be as bored as hell just sitting in their trailers 15 hours a day… The way I’m seeing it, it would be a hyper-local show. We could start an episode, for instance, with an interview of the Mayor, talking about the status of the Ypsi Water Street project, and then bring out DeNiro, asking him for his impressions of Ypsilanti, etc. I think it could be really good. (Mr. DeNiro, if you’re out there, send me an email and we’ll set something up.)

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  1. Posted June 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    And that photo is of the alley behind the Tap Room… Once the movie is out, we should put a plaque up or something.

  2. Posted June 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    And did we ever determine why Milla Jovovich chose to eat at the Olive Garden when she was here? I still can’t get my mind around that.

  3. Dave French
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mark, I think you are referring to Jerry Martindale, after whom the band is named. He had an incredible memory.

  4. Dee
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m vying to have the next season of $5 Cover from MTv shot here. This season is in Memphis (my home town) — we’re at least as interesting, right?


  5. Clif
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Mark, a coworker told me he saw Milla Jovovich and fiancé in line at Showcase on Friday night. No simulated intercourse though..

  6. Catchum
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    If the city coffers had a nickle for every ejaculation had in the alleyway behind the Tap Room, we wouldn’t have a budget problem.

  7. ST
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Ypsilanti Ejaculation Tax.

    I LOVE it!

  8. ST
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    And, FWIW, it’s not always simulated.

  9. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Is this really the image we want to promote for our city? Maybe we should tell “those people” thier money isn’t welcome here… (um that’s a joke. starting to feel like I should point that out)

  10. Posted June 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. It seems to be that if those Kentucky cafe owners can make a buck selling toothpicks after Rain Main, *someone* in Ypsilanti surely will soon be able to make a buck selling condoms in the alley behind the Tap Room. Or maybe a condom cart which could be moved from location to location. I think I’ll write up a business plan.

  11. Posted June 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s what I was thinking, Lynne. We need someone with an Ypsitucky Rubber cart out there every night.

    And, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve heard in the past that the city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan read and approve of any scripts before agreeing to let them film in the town. I just liked the fact that we apparently don’t care if scripts call for fucking in alleyways. And, I’m serious. I don’t care. I think we should take every film job that Ann Arbor won’t. I’d just like to see more locals working on the crews, if that’s possible… As for the alley fucking, I was told today by someone that she was in a van, and not up against the wall of the Tap Room with said event took place, if that matters to anyone.

  12. Posted June 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Public sex in alleyways? Disgusting. What kind of filthy place is Ypsilanti becomming?…Novi?

  13. frye
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    thats been my favorite alley in ypsi since 1996

  14. Castor
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    And why might that be, Frye?

    It wouldn’t have anything to do with sex, would it?

  15. Tom
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I remember Jerry very well!!!!

  16. Movie Watcher
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Her new movie looks creepy (in a Blair Witch kind of way).

  17. Mike
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    So, has anyone had sex in her alley since then?

    I heard from a former Tap Room employee, several years ago, that she one time had to throw out a couple who were fucking in a corner. And, according to her, the bar was pretty packed. They were standing up in a corner just going at it.

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