Memorial Drive diner Home Grown in Reynoldstown attracts people from far and wide in search of a good old fashioned, down-home meal in Atlanta. That includes the occasional Hollywood type in ATL for filming and trying to blend in with the locals.
On Tuesday, legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood popped by with legend-in-the-making, actor Jon Hamm, aka Mad Men’s complicated ad exec Don Draper. The pair are in Atlanta to film Eastwood’s next flick The Ballad of Richard Jewell, based on the events surrounding the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
It seems Eastwood and Hamm may have been filming scenes for the movie at Home Grown. Restaurant co-owner Lisa Spooner’s parents were visiting and snapped a couple of photos between scenes.
No word whether Home Grown took a cue from Eastwood’s character Harry Callahan from Sudden Impact (1983) and made the duo’s day by serving up the restaurant’s own legend, the sausage gravy smothered comfy fried chicken biscuit.
Eastwood and Hamm were also spotted at Wisteria in Inman Park last week and at celebrity magnet Antico pizza in Home Park, just west of midtown. There they dined with two other star cast members from the film, Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell, and one of its producers, Tim Moore.
Celebrity sightings at Atlanta restaurants have become the norm in recent years due to the tax incentive breaks movie and television production companies currently enjoy in Georgia.