Who’dda thunk it? Tom Hanks! Audrey Tautou! Sir Ian MacKellen! Forrest Gump, Amelie, and the white-haired fella out of Lord Of The Rings: all in Lincoln!
Even though I’m not in my home town, even though I’ve not been there for a couple of years in fact, I’m still a bit excited and star-struck that they are filming some of the The Da Vinci Code there. (Not that I’ve read or have any interest in reading the book or seeing the subsequent film, but, y’know…)
God, I can only imagine how fizzing with excitement the local newspaper and radio stations must me. Actually, this article from the Lincolnshire Echo helps me more than imagine. Look! Tom Hanks ate in the Wig and Mitre! I used to go there all the time! (It’s a nice place, as it goes. If you’re ever in Lincoln it’s well worth a visit.)
What makes me happiest, though, is that Lincoln Cathedral is gonna be featured in a major Hollywood film, even if they do seem to be making it look like Westminster Abbey. Lincoln Cathedral is so very beautiful. It’s something that, growing up there, you don’t really notice. It’s only since I’ve left Lincoln that I’ve come to appreciate exactly how wonderful it is, and why visitors like it so much.
It’s the approach that does it. Especially at night, cos Lincoln’s surrounding area is really really flat. Flat like that cruel Degrassi Junior High joke about the walls being jealous. So on the A46 from Newark, all you see are fields, the odd small village, and there in the distance: the cathedral is on top of a hill, illuminated with huge lights, like a big fancy lemon-flavoured jelly.
Tom Hanks! In Lincoln… wow, that’s like the most exciting thing that’s happened there since Jon Pertwee opened the Supa Co-op.