Tatum, Kunis: Stars descend on Joliet
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org July 29, 2013 1:12PM
See video of fans watching the filming of “Jupiter Ascending” at heraldnewsonline.com
Updated: August 31, 2013 6:19AM
Local movie fans may have had the thrill of their summer Monday when they spotted two of their favorite stars, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, in Joliet.
The actor and actress were stationed at Aux Sable Middle School while they were shooting scenes nearby in Minooka for the movie “Jupiter Ascending.”
“I saw him!”
“So did I!”
That kind of excited chattering was typical of teenage girls and their mothers as Tatum moved from a car to a trailer parked in the school parking lot. He acknowledged his fans with friendly waves of his hand while wearing a hoodie sweatshirt. Later, Tatum appeared again in a sleeveless black shirt.
Some fans had waited for hours just to catch a glimpse of the stars.
It was worth it, said Alison Stoch of Homer Glen.
“My heart is like racing. It’s crazy,” Stoch said, and one could tell she wasn’t exaggerating. “They kind of inspire me. It’s cool when you see them in a movie. But when you see them in person, it’s like they’re real people.”
Stoch and her friends last week were in Chicago, where the film was being shot, to try to see Tatum and Kunis, but they had no luck.
“It’s in our hometown,” said Abby Plutz, 15, of Plainfield, explaining why the actors’ local appearance was something special.
About 300 people were lined up outside Aux Sable Middle School at 1:30 p.m. when the two stars returned from their morning work for about an hour — maybe for lunch.
“It was very exciting — a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Natalie Roberto, 14, of Plainfield.
While the crowd was mostly teenage girls and mothers who had brought them, there were plenty of teenage boys and young men eager to see Kunis.
“I just want to say, ‘I love you,’ to Mila Kunis,” said Mykkel Wilke of Plainfield.
Alexa Gennusa, 15, of Montgomery expressed the same devotion to Tatum.
“I’m here to see Channing Tatum,” Gennusa said. Asked why, she responded, “Because I love him. He’s amazing.”
Alexa’s father, Mike, although he appeared less star-struck, had a good reason for making the trip to Joliet with his daughter: “She’s so excited to meet him, and he’s her favorite movie star.”
“I’m hoping to at least see him and maybe get his autograph,” Alexa said.
Neither star mixed with the crowd — at least not before they headed back to Minooka at about 2:30 p.m. Most of the crowd left then, too. But there were still about 100 left, and more people coming.
Claudia Rodriguez, 17, of Plainfield and her friend Morelia Ayala, 15, also of Plainfield, arrived about 3 p.m.
“We’re hoping to see him (Tatum),” Rodriguez said.
How long would they wait?
Rodriguez answered, “A long time.”