Karen EuDdaly of Seymour had the opportunity to be a part of the filming for the movie “Mayberry Man” in Danville last year.
Now, the movie is playing in select theaters, including a special showing at YES Cinema in Columbus.
EuDaly played an extra in the film, showing at YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus, at 7:01 p.m. Thursday and playing through Oct. 28 as part of the YES Film Festival.
The movie director, Stark Howell, and the producer, Cort Howell, are the sons of actor Hoke Howell, who played Dud Wash on “The Andy Griffith Show.” They also hung out with Ron Howard growing up, and that just made it extra special, EuDaly said.
“The movie will be playing at YES Cinema for a week, but Thursday night is the big event,” EuDaly said. “They are going to have some of the tribute artists there Thursday, and Cort Howell is supposed to be there, as well.”
EuDaly attended the red carpet premiere, which took place Sept. 4 at Royal Theater in Danville, with 9-year-old her grandson, Randy Gross III.
“There was no way I was going to miss that, and it was really cool, like what you see on TV,” EuDaly said. “There was a backdrop where you could get pictures taken, and there was music playing by the bluegrass band Berachah Valley, who was in the movie and they’ve played a few times at Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown.”
“Mayberry Man” is a family comedy that tells the fictional story of a conceited movie star who is caught in the act of speeding in a small southern town and is sentenced by a judge to attend Mayberry Fest, a festival celebrating “The Andy Griffith Show.” Through this journey, he discovers the true meaning of friendship and family.
“The majority of the movie was filmed in Danville, but there were also some scenes filmed in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and California,” EuDaly said. “My scenes were filmed in Danville, and the scenes were not filmed in order, so we didn’t know anything about the parts filmed in Mount Airy or California, so we really enjoyed watching it all put together for the first time.”
She said the movie is really good and totally family-friendly with lots of comedy along with some heartwarming moments, going back to a simpler time. She thinks is why so many people love ‘The Andy Griffith Show,” because it’s about a time you can go back to, a time when life wasn’t so complicated.
Filming for the movie began outside the Hendricks County Courthouse on Sept. 5, 2020, and EuDaly was on the set every day for five days. She can now be seen several times throughout the film.
“I was in more scenes than I thought I was going to be in, but the first time I’m seen is close to the beginning of the movie on the courthouse lawn, where I played the wife of a featured character,” she said. “You can also see me during the autograph sessions, then in another scene that Chris Stone is in where two other people are competing over DVDs. Then you can see me walking down the street a couple times in a different shirt. Then close to the end, there’s another scene I’m in about the sheriff’s car.”
One of EuDaly’s favorite characters from “Mayberry Man” is Briscoe Darling, played by tribute artist Bo Pierce, but she also really liked actor Jakob Winters, who played Shane, Chris Stone’s assistant.
“He kept improvising in the movie and went totally off script, and it actually added a lot to the movie and they left it in, and he really is pretty funny,” she said.
EuDaly said the experience was extra special for her because she’s a huge Andy Griffith fan, and she’s really thankful that Cort and Stark Howell did this and gave the Mayberry fans and Andy Griffith fans an opportunity to do it.
She has met so many people through this movie experience and has made new friends, and they all have their love of “The Andy Griffith Show” in common.
“Most of us are members of these different Facebook pages that have to do with ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ so we all stay in touch,” she said. “I could run into these guys any time if Danville does another Mayberry Days festival or if I can make it to North Carolina for their Mayberry fest, I might see them there because they’re tribute artists.”
“Mayberry Man” is now available on DVD and can be purchased online at weaversdepartmentstore.com, and it is available through Amazon Prime Video streaming service. Tickets for the movie at YES Cinema can be purchased online at yescinema.org.