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.