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Local bank back on big screen in 'Thank You for Your Service'
Drama about veterans and PTSD opens in theaters Friday
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Beulah Koale, from left, Joe Cole and Miles Teller act in a scene from "Thank You for Your Service." The drama follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. (Francois Duhamel/DreamWorks Pictures via AP)

A former downtown Gainesville bank is back on the big screen Friday in a movie that follows soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder after coming back from Iraq.

“Thank You for Your Service” is the second major production to release this year after filming a scene at the former Regions Bank. The other, “Baby Driver,” came out in June.

The scene filmed in Gainesville depicts an Iraq War veteran, portrayed by actor Joe Cole, returning home and finding that his wife has left him. He goes on to confront her in a bank, film publicist David Linck has said.

The movie is based on David Finkel’s nonfiction book. 

The screenplay for the movie was written by Jason Hall, who was also the writer on “American Sniper.” Hall also directs “Thank You for Your Service.”

Keith Laseter, who is opening a transitional home in Oakwood for veterans needing help, said the film shines an important light on the need for a mental health corps for returning soldiers.

“A veteran should never have to go through the criminal system to get the help they need,” Laseter said.

Stacey Dickson, president of Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau, helps the state market Hall County filming locations to the movie industry. She said she’s looking forward to seeing the film.

“It’s certainly getting a lot of buzz, and it’s very timely,” Dickson said. “It’ll be interesting to see how it looks on screen.”

Heather Taylor, listing agent for the bank property, said word spread about the bank as a great shooting location.

“They love working in Gainesville,” Taylor said of the film industry.

The bank’s film days may be over, though. It’s been prepared for potential buyers to build it out.

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