to URI Kingston Campus for props
KINGSTON, R.I., -- June 23, 1999--When moviemakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly
wanted the epitome of a New England campus for their film, "Outside
Providence," they focused their cameras on the University of Rhode
Island's Kingston Campus.
Filming had no sooner finished in late April for that movie when crew
members for the brothers' comedy now being shot, "Me, Myself and Irene,"
also called on URI.
The request was made to help dress the set so viewers will be able to
enter "the academic world of URI," according to Karl Isselhardt,
a production assistant with the movie.
"Me, Myself & Irene," the new comedy from Peter and Bobby
Farrelly, starring Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger, began filming in Newport
May 11. Filming also took place in Jamestown. Carrey portrays a Rhode Island
state trooper who suffers from schizophrenia. Following medical treatment,
he is assigned the job of transporting a female felon (Zellweger) back to
New York State for a traffic violation. He forgets to bring his medication
for the journey, allowing both personalities to surface and battle for the
love of their beautiful prisoner.
First, the call went out to Harold Knickle, associate dean of the College
of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering. Then, the URI News
Bureau received a call for posters and finally, Paul Whitney, director of
the URI Bookstore, shipped a box full of URI trinkets to the movie's art
In early May, Knickle gave a tour of the materials and facilities at
the College of Engineering to crew member Kyra Friedman. "She walked
through the engineering departments, chose items and took photos of them.
From those photos, the crew selected a final group of props," Knickle
"We provided a periodic chart of the elements, many things from
the robotics lab, molecular models from chemical engineering. Many of them
were student projects."
The engineering items will be shown in a scene involving a hobby room
for brilliant kids.
Knickle also lent the crew engineering books, computer circuit boards,valves,
a magnetic train, robots and a model helicopter.
"We gave them all the things they asked for, and they've already
been returned in good shape," Knickle said.
The URI News Bureau gathered several admissions, theater and athletics
posters, and shipped them to the production crew, which is now filming in
Over at the bookstore, Paul Whitney put together a package of URI mementos,
for use in a train station scene. "We sent a wide assortment,"
Whitney said. "They are doing a newsstand kind of shoot, so we sent
them T-shirts, sweatshirts, key chains, and the exclusive Rhody Ram, just
about everything you can think of that's imprinted. We even have a little
University of Rhode Island cooler in there too."
"Me, Myself & Irene" marks the fourth feature collaboration
for the Farrelly brothers. The brothers also produced the upcoming Miramax
release, "Outside Providence," which they adapted from Peter's
"Me, Myself & Irene" is a Twentieth Century Fox presentation
of a Conundrum Production. The film's 11-week schedule also includes shooting
in Burlington, Vt. Production concludes in late July for a summer, 2000
release through Twentieth Century Fox, a division of Newscorp.
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