20 April 2011

Why they're not filming Justified in Harlan

Last year I started watching Justified, the story of Raylan Givens. Givens is a Marshal who grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky. He screws up and gets sent back to Kentucky. Chaos ensues as he takes out the bad guys in Harlan. Now, we're in the middle of season 2 and Givens is taking out the next group of bad guys in Harlan. If you don't take it too seriously, the show is a lot of fun. On top of that, it's also fun to come into the office and tell the lady in my office who is actually from Harlan how every bit of crime in Kentucky somehow goes her home.

You'll recall that last year I was a little derogatory about the fact that the show wasn't actually filmed in Kentucky, much less Harlan County. However, I've come to realize that there is a reason they aren't filming there. So far, all Kentucky crime goes through Harlan, and both the sheriff and local police chief have been shown to be corrupt. Just imagine the film crews interacting with the locals once the locals realize how they were being portrayed.

Suddenly, every time one of their vehicles goes 2 mph over it gets pulled over and cited. "Sorry sir, but I can't let you go with a warning. People might get the impression that law enforcement in Harlan is corrupt." And, imagine the process for getting permits. "No ma'am, I'm afraid we can't take any shortcuts. You'll have to fill out all 134 pages in the application and wait until we get approval from the department of tourism in Frankfort. It should not take any longer than 3-4 months."

Maybe they made the right choice in deciding not to film in Harlan after all.

1 comment:

booken69 said...

I am from harlan county cumberland to be exact. The things i had to endure through in my life due to events that took place there could probably not be shot in a season of justified i've lost almost my whole family and spent my entire childhood in states care foster homes boot camps and boys homes i feel the producers should at least make an attempt to do some filming down there by filming off location the true struggle of the people is not shown to see the pain and the hardship we all have had to face simply cause we where to just lucky to be born here should at least earn the right to have our town filmed and possibly create a few more jobs in my hometown cause about all there is to do now is either dig coal or sling dope we all could use a break and this could maybe help some