Alabama Capitol transformed into 'Selma' movie set

Published: Jun. 28, 2014 at 1:45 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dexter Avenue in front of the Alabama Capitol was transformed into a movie set Friday.

Film crews and actors shot the final scene of the movie "Selma" -- the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. On Thursday, crews put a lot of work into preparing the stage for the actor portraying Martin Luther King Jr.

Spectators gathered downtown throughout the day Friday hoping to catch a glimpse of stars like Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey is playing the role of Anne Lee Cooper who reportedly confronted then sheriff James Clark for not being able to vote.

Gov. Robert Bentley also took a tour of the set.

Filming for the movie started this week in Selma. The film crew consists of more than 700 people.

The movie is more than just a story about the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It also touches on the three-way relationship between Martin Luther King, George Wallace and Lyndon Johnson.

Gus Katechis wasn't even born in 1965 but he does recall hearing stories from his dad who owned Chris' Famous Hotdogs a few blocks down Dexter.

"I just remember him saying everybody was telling us to keep our businesses open. There were a lot of businesses here back then. It was very tense and my dad saw them actually march past the building up Dexter Avenue," Katechis said.

The movie is set to be released nationwide in January.

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