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One of Don Turpin’s prize possessions plays a role in the movie, “Last Vegas,” which came out earlier this month as sort of a seniors’ version of “The Hangover.”
Turpin, of the Charleston area, owns a 1954 Plymouth 2-door Savoy. The light blue coupe shows up in movie flashbacks to ’50s New York, where four youngsters become lifelong buddies.
For Turpin, the filming was a one-of-a-kind experience. “My car the movie star,” he said.
Recently, he related the events that lead up to the 59-year-old Plymouth being chosen for the flick.
On the Friday before Thanksgiving 2012, Lee Siler of CBS Films arranged to have the Savoy picked up for transport to Atlanta for filming scheduled for the following Tuesday. According to Turpin, Atlanta was made to look like New York in the 1950s.
Turpin is a member of the Palmetto Region Plymouth Owners Club, Lowcountry Mopars and Deep South Mopars. Short for motor parts, Mopar is a familiar term for Chrysler models including Plymouth and Dodge.
He said, “This opportunity came through photos taken as a direct result of our joint meeting in October with three other Mopar groups. Another Palmetto Region Plymouth Owners Club member’s car was also considered, Hugh Hiott’s ’48 Plymouth Sedan,” he said.
“My car was ultimately chosen for its overall original appearance and color scheme,” Turpin said.
“Last Vegas,” released Nov. 1, stars Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline.
According to the movie promo supplied by Turpin, “Billy (Academy Award-winner Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award-winner De Niro), Archie (Academy Award-winner Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award-winner Kline) have been best friends since childhood.
“So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.”
Turpin noted that the Savoy’s movie spot may not be the last for Charleston area classic cars.
“This may turn into an opportunity to become involved in other movies and TV programs produced in the Charleston area, as Lee (Siler) is from Mount Pleasant,” he said.
Stars of “Last Vegas” include (from left) Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline (Provided).×
Atlanta passes for New York more than a half-century ago in “Last Vegas,” filmed last fall and shown this month nationwide. The blue car is local car buff Don Turpin’s 1954 Plymouth Savoy (Provided).×
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