"Talladega Nights" Star and Chilton Co. Native Grayson Russell Stops By for an Interview

MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 5, 2007 -- If you've ever watched the hit movie "Talladega Nights" starring Will Ferrell, you probably noticed the star's onscreen son.

Chilton County native Grayson Russell is a fun-loving, redheaded, 8-year-old boy year who's distinctive southern accent will put a smile on your face.

Maybe that's how he got the slogan for a local car dealership who's advertisements he appears in.

Russell appears in McKinnon Motors commercial spots with the familiar phrase, "You'll be grinnin', when you by from McKinnon."

Russell says being in a movie was, "Awesome, just a great experience."

When WSFA anchor Valerie Lawson asked what the difference between making big movies and local commercials was, Russell responded, "Usually when we do McKinnon's,there are a LOT of cars around... but the only cars you usually see (on the movie set) are set-cars."

Russell is just one of many recent Alabamians to show up in the national spotlight. Chilton County is his home.