'The Truman Show' turns 15

Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

After making the proper arrangements, she picked up Weir and Gassner and gave them a tour of Destin and Walton County.

"I picked them up in my ratty, little Toyota Corolla and drove them down Old 98," she said. "Alys Beach wasn't there yet, but I showed them Crystal Beach, I showed them all of the communities. They were sold."

That evening, Weir, Gassner and Sargeant discussed logistics over drinks at Shades and made plans to speak to Seaside founder Robert Davis and his wife Daryl. The next night, the five of them dined at Criolla's in Grayton Beach and sealed the deal that would put Seaside in the spotlight.

Movie Economics

Having never made a Hollywood deal before, the Davis's called upon a friend in the movie business to help them negotiate a location fee. The money was then used to build the Seaside Neighborhood School.

"When that school opened, it made my heart soar," Davis said. "It was a vindication of what we had done."

"The Truman Show" did more than just showcase the beachside community to moviegoers. While cast and upper-level crew members were filming during the fall/winter season they stayed in Seaside. Carrey rented a beach house a few miles away from location and lower-salary crew stayed at the Holiday Inn in Destin.  

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