'The Truman Show' turns 15

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Jim Carrey on set with Charlie and Sarah Modica

Courtesy of Modica Market
Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

"The Truman Show" may have starred A-list actors such as Jim Carrey and Ed Harris, but for locals, the real star was Seaside.

It took some convincing to make sure the film's director, Peter Weir, and production designer, Dennis Gassner, chose Seaside as the primary filming location. After all, the Australian director had never even heard of the quaint 30A community. Even the late Roger Ebert was unfamiliar as he referred to Seaside as a "a planned community on the Gulf Coast near Tampa," in his 1998 review of the film.

Getting Hollywood to Seaside

It was the fall of 1995 and the Okaloosa County Film Commissioner was Destin resident Linda Sargeant. At work, she got a fax from Paramount Studios saying they were looking "for a small town with a fountain, possibly downtown Panama City," she recalled.

 But Sargeant had something different in mind.

"After talking to them, I knew that wasn't what they wanted," she said. "That's the challenge, to get them to look at what you want. I hounded them, telling them, 'I've got the perfect location.'"

"I knew Seaside was it.”

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