Archive for Saturday, July 14, 2012

25 years ago: ‘Kansas’ movie stars arriving in Lawrence

July 14, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 14, 1987:

Movie star Matt Dillon slipped into Lawrence this week, stepping out of a limousine and checking in at the Eldridge Hotel for an extended stay. Dillon, who was in town for an expected 50-day shooting period for the movie "Kansas," reportedly felt "invaded" and "upset" by the crowd of about six people, including photographers and one reporter, who greeted him upon his arrival. "How did these people know I was going to be here?" he asked Eldridge general manager Nancy Longhurst before going up to his room. Mark Appleberry, the bellman who saw Dillon up to his room, said that the actor was a "really nice guy" who was just tired, "like anyone else would be who flew from L.A. to Kansas City." Dillon had praised his room at the hotel and asked staff about points of interest in the Lawrence area. Dillon's "Kansas" co-star, Andrew McCarthy, was rumored to be arriving soon and was also expected to stay at the Eldridge, as was the as-yet-unnamed female lead.


SpicePirate 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, of course he would be surprised Lawrencians would know he was coming. We here in the Midwest had only just received electricity and television, right? I hope he was in better humor for the rest of his stay.

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