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Netflix brings Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer to Jamaica Inn

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small
From left: Elizabeth Fox, regional director at JTB UK; Josh Peacock, product manager at Best at Travel; Helen Edwards of Essential Detail; Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism and Kyle Mais, general manager at Jamaica Inn.
Kristen Bell arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.
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New Zealand is one such country that has experienced an increase in tourist activity since the revelation that the sprawling, majestic shots of the terrain in The Lord of the Rings were captured there. Between Oregon and Vancouver, the Twilight films past locales also invited flurries of fans to visit where their entertainers once stood. Perhaps Jamaica can experience the same as Netflix carries one of its original productions to the island's shores.

Recently, movie and television star Kristen Bell posted an image of herself on Instagram, with crew in tow, signalling the end of filming on location at Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. The film, Like Father, is a Netflix comedy feature starring Bell and television legend Kelsey Grammer, who is known for his two-decade-long portrayal of Dr Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier.

The script centres on a workaholic woman (Bell), who is left at the altar by her groom-to-be and ends up on her honeymoon cruise with her equally workaholic father (Grammer), who left her and her mother when she was a child because he believed family life was a hindrance to his career.

The script was written by Lauren Miller Rogen (spouse Seth Rogen), who also takes the director's chair in her feature-length debut.

Bell gained critical acclaim for her first major role as the title character in the teen noir drama television series Veronica Mars and was one of the stars in the hit comedy, Bad Moms. She will reprise her role for A Bad Moms Christmas, set to open in November. She gained further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the popular 2013 Disney film Frozen. Since 2016, she has starred in the main role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the NBC comedy series The Good Place.

The Gleaner reached out to Jamaica Inn, where marketing manager Ella Owens confirmed that they provided accommodation for the crew back in September. In that same month, Kyle Mais (general manager of Jamaica Inn) visited the Jamaica Travel Market at the Luton Hoo Hotel in the United Kingdom from September 28 to 29, alongside Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism.

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