Don Cheadle made a brief stop in Plainview Tuesday and Wednesday to film part of a documentary focused on climate change. The eight-part documentary, which will air later this year on Showtime is called Years of Living Dangerously and features Don Cheadle along with Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Plainview portion of the documentary will focus on the recent drought, which led to the Cargill plant closure and the effect it's having on the city of Plainview.
Cheadle interviewed Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and Associate Professor of Political Science as well as the mayor of Plainview. The interviews lasted for 3 hours inside the Broadway Brew Coffeehouse and employees were glad to host Cheadle.
"I definitely tried to play it cool. The most I said to him was, 'Do you want me to warm that up?'" said Broadway Brew baker, Jessica Beeman.
Beeman said the documentary crew had been talking to people to see which to interview. In reference to Cheadle, Beeman said, "He was a nice guy. He didn't do much talking to us, (he) kind of stayed to himself."
David Splawn is the owner of the Broadway Brew and said Cheadle was strictly business during his time in the coffee shop.
"He was here to do a job. He worked hard, was not demanding in any way and he was very gracious.
Splawn says most people in Plainview know someone who was affected by the Cargill closure and he's happy Showtime is bringing their struggle to light.
"Anything that can bring awareness to our community and what's happening here is good."
Kevin Carter, the Executive Director of the Plainview Hale County Industrial Foundation says the city is trying to attract new businesses that aren't dependent upon a lot of water, such as agricultural equipment companies. He says regardless of the hardships the drought has caused, the people of Plainview have persevered.
"Remarkably, Plainview has not folded. We're in the early stages and there's a lot of dark time to come but I think so far everybody's tried to keep their heads up and work for what's best for Plainview," he said.
Carter added that Plainview hasn't seen the full effects of the plant shutdown quite yet, but expects the city's sales tax revenue to drop in the coming months and for school enrollment numbers to be down in the fall.
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