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Plenty of KC connections in ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Good Lie’

Two Kansas City kids play young Sudanese fleeing war in “The Good Lie”: Keji Jale (left) and Okwar Jale (second from right). Their father, Elikana Jale, landed two small roles as well.
Two Kansas City kids play young Sudanese fleeing war in “The Good Lie”: Keji Jale (left) and Okwar Jale (second from right). Their father, Elikana Jale, landed two small roles as well. Warner Bros.

Missouri’s “Gone Girl”

▪ Author Gillian Flynn (say the “G” like “Gilligan”), who wrote the novel and screenplay, grew up in Kansas City. She graduated from Bishop Miege High School and the University of Kansas and now lives in Chicago.

▪ Farther afield, Flynn set her mystery in the fictional North Carthage, Mo., on the Mississippi River near Hannibal, north of St. Louis.

▪ Much of the movie was filmed in Cape Girardeau, south of St. Louis, including homes that served as the Dunnes’ McMansion and Desi’s lavish lake house. “Everything about Cape Girardeau was right,” production designer Donald Burt said in a studio statement, “from its mix of different levels of economics and period architectures from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to its sprawling malls to having the river right there as an anchor.”

Cowtown’s “Good Lie”

▪ Most of the movie takes place right here in Kansas City, but those scenes were shot in Atlanta (except for a few glimpses of our downtown skyline and roads).

▪ In the early scenes in Africa, two of the kids fleeing war are played by brother and sister Okwar and Keji Jale of Kansas City, North. Okwar, 15, a sophomore at Platte County High, is Theo, who leads the children toward Kenya. Keji, 13, who attends Barry School, plays Abital, the only girl in the group. And their dad, Elikana Jale, landed a couple of cameos.

▪ Is this Cowtown or what? Reese Witherspoon’s character wears short denim skirts, plaid shirts and boots to work, and her boss lives on a nearby cattle farm. Just like all of us real Kansas Citians, right?

| Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com

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