Locals Prep For A Premiere Far From Hollywood

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"Leatherheads," which was shot in the Carolinas, is about to get a hometown premiere, even if the hundreds of local people who worked as extras and bit players on this football comedy, set for release by Universal Pictures on April 4, have to do it themselves.

Which, in fact, they do.

The red carpet, all 75 feet of it, comes from the Bonitz Flooring Group on the east side of Greenville, S.C. At least seven limousines will shuttle guests from the parking lot so they can arrive at the Camelot Cinemas in style.

The extras and their families have already bought about 350 tickets for the April 4 Greenville premiere. Tickets are $25 each, and proceeds are earmarked for a charity that feeds the hungry in Darfur -- a favorite cause of the movie's director and star, George Clooney, who is not expected to attend.

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