COOPERSVILLE—Producers have begun shooting scenes for the movie "Touchback" in Coopersville. Crews spent about nine hours overnight at the Coopersville High School football field to capture scenes for the movie.
"Touchback" stars Kurt Russell as a high school football coach and former Detroit Lion Barry Sanders has a cameo role as an offensive coordinator for the other team.
Brian Pressley plays the main role of a former football star, turned farmer and family man, who attempts suicide to save his family. But he wakes up in the past, reliving the events that led to his career-ending and life-altering injury.
The production ultimately decided on Coopersville to be the backdrop, after an extensive search of the West Michigan area that included places like Lowell and Grand Haven. Some scenes have already been shot in Ohio, where the story is set, and producers wanted a place that matched the feel of those shots.
That's an all too familiar feeling for Sarah Wright who stars as Jenny. She says she grew up in a small town and knows what that kind of life is like. "It's bizarre to have a gigantic movie show up on your farm or in your backyard, and I would die when I was a child if that would have happened," she said.
Marc Blucas plays Hall in the movie and he says it's been a great shoot so far. "This is one of these moments as an actor where we look around and say look what we get to do for a living," he said. "Forget the fact that we get to relive all of our high school glory days, well maybe not so glorious. This is the best of all worlds. It's a great group of people."
Also being featured in the movie are 40 juniors and seniors from the Forest Hills Northern High School band.
Producers hope around 2,500 community residents would come out and fill the stands as extras for scenes being shot overnights. If you want to take part, you'll need to send the crew an email at email@example.com. Then show up tonight from 9:00 PM until 6:00 AM. Crews will provide refreshments, entertainment, and prize drawings. If you can't make it tonight and still want to be a part of the movie, the crew will need more extras on Monday and Tuesday at the same times.