APPLETON, Wisc., (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- One of Wisconsin’s own brought a bit of Hollywood to Appleton on Tuesday night. After the world premiere of his recent movie, "The Runners," was canceled in LA and Texas, Dan Davies found an unlikely spot to show off his film: The Dairyland Brew Pub on Wisconsin Avenue. Owner Dorri Schmidt’s phone was ringing off the hook leading up to the event.
“So I know there were a couple of guys that said they were wearing their tuxes and they didn’t know which girl to bring. They’re going to be all dressed up,” says Schmidt.
The film is about human trafficking. Davies, who calls Appleton home, plays a supporting role in the movie and gets ten minutes of screen time...Not that he's counting.
“It’s actually ten minutes and thirty-two seconds…and then uh two frames,” says Davies.
There are big differences between Hollywood and Appleton movie premieres. Gretchen De Dee did her hair and makeup in her car right before going inside but she still thinks it’s a big moment.
“I’m super excited. I’ve never really been able to be a part of something like this before so I’m really looking forward to it,” says De Dee.
Guests were treated like celebrities as they walked through velvet ropes and posed for the local paparazzi.
“It’s a really big, exciting event. Nobody else can say they have the world premiere besides us,” says Schmidt.
Davies previously wrote and starred in "Ed Gein the Musical," as well as other films. He helped secure the premiere in Appleton and loves everything about Wisconsin.
“I love the Packers, the Brewers, the Bucks, Badgers, Marquette,” says Davies.
He’s rooted in Wisconsin but averages 40,000 airline miles a year in pursuit of his movie career.
“When I see Will Smith, I go, 'Let’s arm wrestle.' But he’s like, 'Dan Davies, you’re old.' I go, 'I am but we’re the same age.' 'Well you look like Kenny Rogers and Santa had a kid,'” says Davies.
All joking aside, Davies loves his state and in September, he plans to bring more star power to Appleton. Randy Travis and Gary Busey will take part in his Film Forte event which is a music, movie and art festival that celebrates Wisconsin.
“I want to give people an opportunity to see what we have to offer,” says Davies.