'Magic Mike XXL' begins filming on Tybee Island

Published: Sep. 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM EDT
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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - A lot of people gathered on Tybee Island trying to catch a glimpse of the celebrities in the new Magic Mike XXL movie.

Crews were in Savannah on Monday and were on Tybee Island on Tuesday.

Many people dedicated their day to the celebrity watch by lining up along the sidewalk across from the Dunes Inn & Suites where they were filming. Most people had their phones and cameras ready to snap pictures of Channing Tatum.

Crews shot many different scenes right outside the hotel. One in particular was shot several times where Tatum was walking inside the hotel, followed by three women.

Officials say the hotel is the fourth location on Tybee where they have shot scenes. Many people said they enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the movie being made.

"I loved the first movie. All the ladies down here love it, so we are looking forward to it and hoping to see some of the guys," said Chris Thomas of Tybee.

"I'm hoping to see more than just Channing, but I'll take it," siad Amanda Laforge of Hinesville.

While the filming is bringing a lot of people to Tybee, it's not necesarily helping local businesses because most people are spending most of their time on the sidewalk.

The owner of The Beakfast Cub said business was very slow today, which is unusual for this time of year. It wasn't until owner Jodee Sadowsky got to work that he realized movied crews had pithced their camp right next door.

The Breakfast Club is one of the most popular restuarants on Tybee, but it had to close its doors an hour early because people were not concerned about their appetites today.

"It was like a ghost town. I had no customers in my building, and that's very unusual," said Sadowsky. "My female staff was squealing and I didn't understand why but apparently there is some major movie star."

However, Sadowsky believes filming on Tybee has major benefits to the local economy.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman believes Georgia's tax incentives are the reason more movies are being shot in Savannah and on Tybee.

Magic Mike XXL is the fourth movie to be filmed in our area in the last four years.

Georgia is now considered to be one of the top states scouted for movies. One of the reasons is Gerogia offers up to a 30 percent transferable tax credit to production companies, which is better than most states.

Georgia State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah pushed this tax credit initiative so that more companies would want to film in Georgia.

Since 2010, four movies have filmed on Tybee including The Conspirator, The Last Song, the second Sponge Bob Squarepants movie and now the Magic Mike sequel. Officials believe there will only be more movies to come.

"Tybee is one of the few options for a beach locale for scenes, and we are benefiting a lot from this," said Mayor Buelterman.

"It's great for the economy so we love that," said Thomas. "It's a great time of year to do it because it's not busy since beach season is over."

Magic Mike XXL is expected to continue filming the rest of the week.

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