Sean and Charlize wrap film

2014-12-07 17:00

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Hollywood A-listers Charlize Theron and Sean Penn have packed their bags and gone home to Beverly Hills after a three-month stint filming

Penn’s latest flick, The Last Face, around South Africa.

Penn has now begun postproduction work on the movie, which stars Theron and Javier Bardem as doctors who fall in love while working in refugee camps.

City Press has obtained exclusive details of the film’s swish wrap party, which was hosted on November 5 at KOI Restaurant inside the Ambassador Hotel.

The restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling views of Cape Town’s Bantry Bay.

At the wrap party, the film’s stars and crew were treated to sushi canapés, including “rock shrimp tempura rolls”, while Penn delivered a speech.

According to a local crew member who was at the party, he told the crowd The Last Face is “a love letter to his girlfriend Charlize”. The crew member said rumours that the couple had squabbled on set were true.

“I was on set every day, and of the 63 shooting days I’d say there were about three major disagreements.

“The thing is, Sean is a perfectionist and Charlize is just as outspoken, so you can imagine.

“But there were some beautiful moments between them too.”

She said the wrap party was an emotional night. “I arrived at the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay not knowing how to feel or what to think.

“This was goodbye to the ‘most amazing crew in the world’, as Sean Penn had said.”

The dress code?

“Most were in suits. You wouldn’t imagine them to be the same people you were with shooting in the jungle, dirty,” she said.

“Our leading lady and the director were on my far left, just as striking in black and white. No heels for Madame [Theron]!”

Over two months, the team filmed scenes in Cape Town – notably one with 3?000 extras on the city’s Long Street – and “jungle” scenes at Mzamba on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.

Geraldine Aries, a Grade 2 teacher at Wingfield Primary School in Cape Town, was one of 3?000 extras

who guzzled Red Bull in an attempt to stay awake and look lively while filming a scene on Long Street over 12 hours. “Penn kept us there for 12 hours. We only left at 4am,” Aries said.

“He was a real perfectionist – that’s why it took so long. “We had to wear bright clothes and dance the night away. It was great fun,” she said.

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