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Kiellor to play himself in Altman film

May 16, 2005 at 11:12 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 16 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Robert Altman has chosen a St. Paul, Minn., site to start shooting the film version of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" in July.

Altman spent the weekend scouting sites in addition to the Fitzgerald Theater to film Keillor's unnamed comic fable about an iconic radio show that is suddenly canceled after 30 years on the air, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Filming had been set to begin last year, when script changes got in the way, and in January, when finances were an issue.

Keillor, a longtime radio personality, will play himself in the film that also includes Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin and John Reilly.

"I am preparing for the role by making it smaller and making other actors' roles bigger," Keillor said.

Keillor said he must lose 37 pounds by the start of filming in July.

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