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Local folks can finally see Negaunee actor in movie

February 22, 2008
Mining Journal
MARQUETTE — Area residents will finally get the chance to see “Into the Wild,” which features Negaunee native Steven Wiig as one of its cast members.

The film, released nationally in October, is getting a second release before the DVD version is issued March 4. “Into the Wild” opens at Ishpeming’s Country Village Cinema V today, with show times at 4:20 and 7:15 p.m. The film will be shown at the theater through Thursday.

“Into the Wild” was directed by Sean Penn and was well-reviewed when it was initially released. It has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Hal Halbrook for Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing.

The Oscars will be handed out this Sunday.

Wiig, 35, graduated from Negaunee High School in 1991 and works with the renowned band Metallica as “right hand man” to Lars Ulrich, the band’s co-founder and drummer; has played drums in a number of other bands, including Papa Wheelie; and has designed album covers, T-shirts, logos and other merchandise.

The book/film is about a young man named Christopher McCandless who left behind all he knew to travel around the United States, eventually dying in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness.

Wiig, who now lives in San Francisco, is currently filming another movie role. This time he’s being directed by Gus Van Sant in “Milk,” which is the life story of slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Milk was shot to death, along with Mayor George Moscone, by supervisor Dan White in 1977.

Penn stars as Milk, who was a groundbreaking gay politician. The film is scheduled for release in 2009.

In the new film, Wiig portrays a liquor store owner who meets up with Milk in the course of the story, which is scheduled to wrap filming in early March.

Other well-known names in the cast include Josh Brolin, James Franco and Emile Hirsch, who played the starring role of Christopher McCandles in “Into the Wild.”

Editor’s note: To read The Mining Journal’s original stories on Wiig and his participation in “Into the Wild” go to and enter Wiig in the search engine with local news as the search area.

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Steven Wiig, right, is shown with Sean Penn during filming of “Into the Wild.”



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