Back in the year 2003 I received a phone call from Hollywood, California. A young lady who introduced herself as an AD or assistant director, made an unusual request.
|English: The Hollywood Sign as it appears from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It seemed a large production company
, Columbia Pictures, and a
young director named Tim Burton were making a movie, to be filmed in my home
town of Wetumpka, Alabama. But why
would they call me, I was in the
bathtub business. After a brief
conversation, it all began to make sense.
One of the scenes for the movie required Albert Finney and Jessica Lange to be together in a clawfoot bathtub. They wanted a BIG tub and one that could accommodate two. That we had. The dual ended tub, with a slight slope
on each end with a center drain
and faucet was ideal. It comes in 68 inch
and even a 75 inch version. There is plenty
of room for two people, each reclining on opposite ends of the tub. There is also a Double Slipper version. It is 72 inches long with a more dramatic slope
on each end.
By the way, the movie went on to win an academy award for Best Score.
Again, in 2004 another call rang in. Another studio in L.A.
was making a movie that required , not one cast iron clawfoot tub, but twelve. The movie would star Keanu Reeves, Rachel
Weisz and Shia LaBeouf, with Reeves playing an irreverent, supernatural
detective. They asked that the tubs be
as long as possible (I suppose to make it more obvious in the shot.) The traditional roll top design was their
first choice. In the movie, the tub was
to be destroyed in a violent scene, and so many extra ones were needed.
Then again, in 2005 a call came from Hollywood. Sony pictures
was making a movie
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Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since the beginning of film making, free standing, cast iron and porcelain, claw footed tubs have been a constant prop for movie making. They are glamorous, sexy and perfect for staging almost any scene. Because of their attraction, many everyday people, young or old, still love them today, and you can find them in everything from log cabins to the most expensive estates.
One of the greatest draws to these tubs is the fact that they have become so affordable. The prices begin as low as $795.00. They come with beautiful chrome, brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze legs. The faucet and accessories also come in many gorgeous designs and finishes, and these
too are very
affordable. The English Telephone faucet
has always been a favorite.
So, today you can live like a movie star, bathing in elegance and enjoying the good life, as you lean back in your tub dreaming of your own Hollywood story.
In this article, I have talked about how several movie company’s have contacted Tub King to use our clawfoot tubs in their movies. Because clawfoot tubs are so elegant, they are often featured in movies, including dramas, science fiction and comedies.
can afford these beautiful tubs. Come to think of it, that’s why they are selling
so well. I hope you found this article useful.
If so, pass it along to your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment, enter
it below. I am glad I had the chance to share this information with you.
Until next time, stay stress free.
Alan & Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc and Senior Bathtub.com in Jacksonville Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products they are also award winners, winning the best of Jacksonville Chamber Award three years running. If you would like to contact them call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.