Thursday, July 28, 2011

StarNews: ‘Gentlemen’s club becomes location for ‘One Tree Hill’ filming


A blonde and a brunette in tuxedo corsets sat in the New Hanover County Government Center in their fishnets and heels early Tuesday morning.

Extras waited around in the building next to one of the more unusual Wilmington locations where “One Tree Hill” filmed. Pure Gold, the gentlemen’s club near the intersection of College Road and Market Street, was taken over Tuesday for filming for the series’ ninth and final season.

“I just hope none of my church friends see this or recognize me,” said Doug Shaw, a Clinton resident who’s been an extra at least once on every season since the third.

Wilmington resident Jeff Henderson, who has been acting since 2007, returned for his third season as an extra on the show.

He said it’s been a surreal experience to see his hometown on screen – but he wasn’t especially surprised to be filming at the club after working on several other Wilmington productions, like “Piranha 3D.”

“I expected to be an extra doing everything,” Henderson said about working on the “One Tree Hill” set.

“I never expected to be covered in fake blood being eaten by fish. So there’s nothing I don’t expect anymore.”

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