J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' movie hails Mackinac Island as 'beautiful' vacation hotspot
J.J. Abrams is, to put it simply, pure Michigan.
The "Lost" creator and movie director included an ode to the Great Lakes state into his latest film, "Super 8," which opens today.
In a moment early in the film, a boy and a girl — playing a couple — are filming a scene while a train whirls by on nearby tracks.
"What am I supposed to do, go to Michigan with you," the boy yells.
"Mackinac Island is beautiful this time of year!" the girl responds.
The line drew a laugh and a smattering applause from the Ann Arbor area crowd.
There's nothing like a little free advertising for one of Michigan's most famous vacation hot spots, where fudge and a lack of motorized vehicles foster an old-fashioned feel.
It's not the first time the state has turned up in a production by Abrams, who wrote and directed "Super 8."
In "Lost," which Abrams co-created and initially helped write, the characters stranded on a mysterious island eventually found out that a secretive sect of scientists launched by two University of Michigan doctoral students had previously run myriad experiments on the island and its creatures.
And, for the skeptics out there, the Mackinac Island reference wasn't any sort of quid pro quo. "Super 8" was not filmed in Michigan and, thus, did not benefit from the state's film incentives package.