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Disney movie spent more than $134,000 while filming in Lakeland

Actor Bryan Cranston, seen here at the 2016 Tampa Theater sreening of his movie "The Infiltrator" that filmed scenes in Tampa, was back in the area in June for three days of filming for Disney's "The One and Only Ivan." [Times files]
Published Jul. 12, 2018

When Walt Disney Studios filmed in Lakeland in June for its movie The One and Only Ivan, it brought actor Bryan Cranston to Polk County to star in the scenes.

And the movie left behind an economic impact.

In all, Disney spent $134,365 in Polk. Those numbers, according to Maureen Peter, client services coordinator for Visit Central Florida, came from Disney's production supervisor for the film.

From June 20-22, the production spent $38,115 on 363 hotel room nights, $31,250 on local cast, $5,000 on catering, $5,000 on miscellaneous expenditures and $55,000 on locations and associated fees such as police and security. Locations were the Southgate Shopping Center, the Silver Moon Drive-In, Dobbins Park, and on West Palm Drive.

The Internet Movie Database says the movie, based on a novel written by K.A. Applegate, is about a gorilla named Ivan who tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Cranston stars as Mack, a mall owner and part time circus clown, while Sam Rockwell and Angelina Jolie provide the voices of Ivan and Stella respectively. The One and Only Ivan is slated to be released next summer.

This is the second film that brought Cranston to the Tampa Bay area. In 2015, The Infiltrator starring Cranston filmed throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Contact Paul Guzzo at pguzzo@tampabay.com. Follow @PGuzzoTimes.

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