WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS
Filming In Louisiana
The majority of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins was filmed in Louisiana, with the
city of Shreveport doubling as Dry Springs, Georgia. Producer Charles Castaldi
commends just how easygoing the city was as they filmed. He remarks on the
accommodations and lack of traffic, which allowed the crew easy access throughout the
town. “Working on a film in a city can be pretty disruptive; they’ve been very helpful,”
says the producer. “They’ve been very open about letting us film, blocking off streets.”
The production crisscrossed the South to film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.
From Shreveport to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Little Rock, Arkansas, Lee and crew
conducted an exhaustive search for ideal settings. Shreveport’s heavily wooded areas
proved a solid backdrop for the sleepy Southern town in which RJ grew up. It was also
where the crew found Papa and Mamma Jenkins’ old house, where the family
congregates for the weekend celebration.
Notes Stuber, “We found the perfect house for the Jenkins family. It was a very
warm and iconic Southern home. Mamma and Papa Jenkins got married and raised all
their children there, so it needed to embody the essence of this huge family and their
Adds Lee, “Shreveport provided us with everything we were looking for,
including a small-town feel. The city has a couple of great locations that really fit in with
what we needed.”
Shooting in Louisiana did not, however, come without its issues; Roscoe was shot
in the spring, and the weather did not always cooperate. The weather warmed and the air
was very humid, which provided challenges during the many exterior shots—especially
during the obstacle-course sequence.
One of the Jenkins family traditions was a competition among all the children, in
which they race through an obstacle course built by Papa Jenkins in the woods near their
home. Though the unpredictable weather often brought heavy rain (delaying Clyde and
RJ’s rematch-to-the-death sequence), the cast and crew pushed through it and kept on
filming. Instead of heading back to their trailers, the cast would stay on set and find
windows of opportunities in which they could film a couple of pieces, then move
on…even during a thunderstorm.
For writer/director Lee, the fact that his production stayed on set during the
inclement weather was a tribute to the camaraderie developed during the team’s time
together. “They did go the distance for me,” he says. “We’ve built up a good
relationship on this movie…about what was needed and what was going to happen.
Everybody checked his or her ego at the door. A lot of these guys have been number one
or number two on the call sheet, or they’ve headlined movies. They all played it as a
team from the get-go.”
As noted, Martin Lawrence and Cedric the Entertainer had the daunting task of
challenging one another in the obstacle course. RJ and Clyde’s showdown to prove once
and for all who is the better man became another obstacle of its own to shoot. Laughs
Cedric, “The obstacle course was a funny read, especially when you picture somebody
else doing it. But when we showed up on set, they expected us to actually run and jump.
I thought that I may have read the scene wrong and didn’t think I was doing it. But there
were some hilarious moments, especially with Martin and I—being 30-plus years of
age—challenging each other like we’re teenagers.”
The scene was very physically demanding, requiring Cedric and Lawrence to be
tied to bungee cords and climb ladders, swing on ropes, crawl through tires and dart
across monkey bars—all the while trying to hit their marks.
Despite the heat, rain and pulled muscles, the cast and
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