Trailer released for Robert Redford movie filmed in Central Texas
The first trailer has been released for a movie starring Robert Redford some scenes in which were filmed last October in Central Texas.
The movie "Old Man and the Gun" features Redford as real life career criminal Forrest Tucker, an inmate in his younger days at Alcatraz who escaped from San Quentin at the age of 70 and decided to revert to his old ways later in life for one last thrill.
One of the more distinctive local backdrops in the trailer is the round American Bank Building at Interstate 35 and Lake Shore Drive in Bellmead.
American Bank executive Tonya Malcom played a teller in a scene filmed in October at the bank in which Redford’s character discretely robs the place.
"It was kind of surreal. Like 'is that really him?' He was still very statuesque,” she said.
"Several people did get to say 'hi.' He pretty much did keep to himself. He didn't make eye contact with very many people. It was more telling him where things were when he came in," she said.
In all, about a dozen bank employees worked as extras in the movie, dressed in late 70's and early 80's fashion to reflect the era in which the film is set.
The bank’s distinctive round design was what led director David Lowery to suggest filming there, executives said.
"It is not uncommon to talk to somebody in a city like Chicago and they say 'oh I drove from Dallas to Austin and I saw the round bank. Is that y'alls?'" Executive Vice President Dana Hassell said.
The movie crew also staged a chase on State Highway 77, and filmed scenes at the Bull Durham Building on Elm Street and in the downtown area, officials said.
While Redford was the only star with whom the bank employees interacted, the cast also includes Elizabeth Moss, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, and Danny Glover.
"Old Man and the Gun" will be released in theaters on Sept. 28.