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Neighbor upset over moving being filmed in Oklahoma


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Updated: 10/25/2012 9:18 am Published: 10/24/2012 8:56 pm


Roy St. John says he bought his home in Pawhuska for one reason.

“I bought this place intending to retire in peace,” said Roy. He says that all changed when movie production began in his neighborhood.

“Now my peace has been disturbed,” said Roy.

The feature-length motion picture “August: Osage County” is being filmed at locations in Osage and Washington counties. One of the production sites is near Roy’s property.

He tells FOX23 he doesn’t want the front row seat to the filming because it is an intrusion in his neighborhood.

Roy complained of an increase in traffic, noise, dust and cars coming and going at all hours. He says all of the changes are creating a nuisance near his home. “It goes on all of the time,” said Roy.

He says the production trailers that are located near his property are an eye sore and block the view on the south side of his home. “It is ruining my view,” said Roy. Another concern he has is about a paved road that was covered in gravel and dirt for production.

The big-budget film features Hollywood actors including Julia Roberts and Marryl Streep. Roy says he is not in the least bit star struck.

Many people in the surrounding area have swarmed to northeastern Oklahoma in an attempt to get a glimpse of the stars and the production; Roy isn’t one of them. He says he doesn’t care if his concerns and opinion go agains't the grain.

“It doesn’t bother me one bit,” said Roy.

Filming is scheduled to continue into late November. During the two-month filming period the Oklahoma Film Commission estimated the movie would bring a $37 million economic impact to the state.


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feekie - 10/29/2012 3:28 PM
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Roy is a jerk! Doesn't he realize how much money this brings to his community and the area in general? I guess he doesn't care that this will benefit everyone, including his hateful old self! I doubt if any of his neighbors would shed any tears if he decided to move to a remote unpopulated area of the country.

Roysabully - 10/25/2012 10:30 PM
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It all boils down to one thing, MONEY Roy hasn't got either any or enough out of this movie and thats what he's fishing for here. He's done this kind of thing in the past over the cemetery and the water well up there. He even cut down all the trees along the fence line that were on his side and threw them over the fence on our land. He's just a grumpy old man that likes his name in the paper or now on TV Roy get a life

whatintheworld - 10/25/2012 12:20 PM
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So one cranky old man is mad about it? thats news? lol Wow.. how about your interview the 3000 that are happy about it? :) Thats news. Sorry about your luck Roy.. hope you can find some peace in your heart somewhere. :)

t town253 - 10/25/2012 9:46 AM
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Roy get a freaking life. Im sure you have lived long enough to see and experience a whole lot more than this thorn in your not so great smelling rose. It will be over soon enough and you will survive. You should have learned through your years this world does not revolve around YOU!

cdawg - 10/25/2012 6:55 AM
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Some one always has to comlpain!!!! Does this idiot realize what kind of $$$$ this "eye sore" is pumping in to the local economy?? To the dude in your story complaining STFU!!!!!!

ghostbuster - 10/25/2012 1:11 AM
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Go watch your M*A*S*H. old man!

roystjohn - 10/25/2012 12:02 AM
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I wanted the report to say => Somehow insure the public road my county commissioners allowed to be covered with dirt by the film company, be put back to black top before the film crew gets out of Oklahoma. When they are gone I will be stuck with this dirt the rest of my life.
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