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“The End of the Tour” is a 2015 drama based on the true story of critically acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace, best known for the 1996 novel “Infinite Jest,” who passed away in 2008. It focuses on four days of interviews that Wallace, played by Jason Segal (“How I Met Your Mother”), gave to Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who also shot “30 Minutes or Less” here in Grand Rapids.
The film doesn’t take place in Grand Rapids but was shot here thanks, in part, to the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office’s efforts to draw Hollywood productions here. A home on 72nd ave in suburban Hudsonville served as Wallace’s childhood home in the film, though he actually grew up in upstate New York.
New Beginnings Restaurant also plays a key role in the film as the site of one of of Wallace and Lipsky’s interviews. Though it’s called “Monical’s Pizza” in the film, the crew made few changes to the interior of this family restaurant known for its big breakfasts. The food that the characters eat in the film was actually made by New Beginnings’ kitchen, and two of the waitstaff appear briefly as extras.
Other GR locations you can spot in “The End of The Tour” include the interior of Redux Books on Lake Drive SE, the exterior of JW Marriott hotel on Louis Street NW, and the exterior of Eastern Avenue Hall.
Cover image: Poster for “The End of the Tour,” 2015, A24.