Hollywood Movie Films in Niagara Falls

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM EDT

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June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS (WKBW) Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Sandra Oh, Kathy Bates, all in Niagara Falls on Thursday shooting the movie "Tammy."

"This has been amazing, I've never been to niagara before and I can't figure out for the life of me why. I called my mom and dad when I got home and said why haven't we been here? What's the matter with you?" McCarthy said during a break in the filming.

McCarthy co-wrote the film with her husband, a comedy about a mother-daughter cross country roadtrip. Niagara Falls was chosen as their finish line.

"It seems like it had to be something kind of big and amazing and we just kind of thought this was the prefect spot for it, because you had to see it to believe it," McCarthy, who plays Tammy, said Thursday.

For those visiting the Falls, it was a special surprise and an added bonus to see a big budget film in production.

"It's pretty cool to see locally on the big screen and stuff like that," one visitor said.

"We're hoping to get in the background, maybe some extras we'll jump right in there," another tourist said.

"To come and visit Niagara Falls and get a movie in the background, it's pretty cool. You can't ask for anything better than that," a third added.

This movie is one of many films to choose Western New York recently for their shooting destinations, bringing with them cast, crew, and economic benefit.

"We're excited because not only are we going to get the benefits from the film but also economic benefits right now this week. From them being in the destination, and the money they're spending in restaurants and food and beverage and hotels," John Percy of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. Said.

"When they come to Western New York we will roll out the red carpet both figuratively and literally for them. We want them here, we want their money, we want them to help our economy," WNY Film Commissioner Tim Clark added.

Shooting is scheduled to wrap up sometime on Thursday. "Tammy" is set to be released sometime next year.