Crowding the beaches with camera equipment and A-list actors, film maker Oliver Stone brought the set of his new film “Savages” to Laguna Beach on Monday.
Shooting is expected to continue Tuesday also, according to Susan Cannan, who issues the city’s film permits.
The crime drama is based on the bestselling book by Don Winslow that focuses on the relationship between best friends and Laguna Beach pot growers Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who live a cozy life with their girlfriend O until their turf is challenged by the Mexican Baja Cartel.
Production company Paqu Films, LLC has had to employ five policemen and five lifeguards at full overtime rates, which in addition to the city permits for the large scale production puts spending in excess of $30,000 for two days of filming, according to Cannan.
The majority of the filming on Monday took place on Main Beach, where camera men filmed the back-story of the main characters, who spent their summers playing beach volleyball and chilling with girls who crooned over the players. Ophelia (Blake Lively) is the love interest.
Besides Main Beach, the film production crew stashed gear all over town, dislocating buses from the ACT V lot and patrons’ cars from Hotel Laguna’s parking lot.