‘Trouble with the Curve’ trailer features glimpse of Macon

A preview of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming baseball flick is making the rounds on the Internet, and already Macon is getting its one, two, three, four seconds of fame.

That’s how much face time the city sees in the 2½-minute trailer for “Trouble with the Curve,” some of which was filmed here in March. The movie hits theaters Sept. 21.

For a flash in the trailer, the Macon scene, shot under the lights at Luther Williams Field, lends cameo roles to a handful of local businesses.

Their names appear on signs on the ballpark’s outfield fence, props as it were, advertisements apparently left over from days when the city had a team.

The signage, universally symbolic of minor-league quaintness, shows up in a clip where a ballplayer played by Eastwood’s son Scott swings and misses.

Among the hometown businesses visible: Nu-Way Weiners, Lane Southern Orchards, Ingleside Village Pizza and Gaudet Chiropractic Center.

The latter is run by Jim Gaudet, who in the late 1970s played in six big-league games for the Kansas City Royals and who now kids that he had more than trouble with curveballs as a player.

“I had problems with all of it,” Gaudet said Wednesday.

He said having his practice’s logo show up even fleetingly in Eastwood’s film is “flattering.”

“They called us about it and asked if we’d like to just have our name out there,” Gaudet said. “I said, ‘Sure, I used to advertise there all the time with the Macon Braves.’ ... You had to sign off on everything.”

Informed that her restaurant’s logo was on the right-field wall in the trailer, Ingleside Pizza owner Tina Dickson joked, “It’s my first time in a big-time Hollywood movie.”

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.