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Hollywood hot spot: 'Due Date,' 'For Colored Girls' have scenes shot in Gwinnett

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Two films opening this weekend contain scenes shot right here in Gwinnett.

Cast and crew of the "Road Trip"-esque comedy "Due Date," which stars Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx and Zach Galifianakis, filmed a scene outside the entrance to Gwinnett Medical Center last fall.

"Due Date" follows an expectant dad, Downey, and his unlikely ravel companion, played by Galifianakis, as the two race cross-country to make it in time or the birth of his first child.

During filming, Foxx drove up to the main entrance of Gwinnett Medical Center, renamed North Dallas General Medical Center for the scene, in an older-model, black pickup truck with Texas plates. He was there to pick up Downey, who walked from the Lawrenceville hospital's entrance with his right arm in a blue sling. After Downey climbed into the vehicle, Galifianakis strode up carrying an injured dog wearing a lamp shade collar.

The second film opening this weekend with scenes shot in Gwinnett is the Tyler Perry-helmed drama "For Colored Girls." Cast and crew moved temporarily into an unused section of the Joan Glancy Memorial Clinic in Duluth for a couple days of shooting in June.

Actresses Kimberley Elise, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg were on location at the Duluth clinic for the project, an adaptation of a 1970s play that required shooting several scenes that take place in a hospital and a medical facility setting.

Three movies have been shot on Gwinnett Medical hospital system properties since legislation gave filmmakers a 30 percent tax cut to produce their work in Georgia. The hospital system earned income from each of the three projects.