EDP24 News (US), November 13, 2003
That's shoebiz for Norwich firm
When Keanu Reeves's new blockbuster movie Constantine hits the big screen next summer, one excited onlooker will be struggling to keep his feet on the ground.
James Phillippo, manager of Drummee Shoes, in Norwich, will not so much be paying attention to the action sequences in the supernatural thriller as fixing his gaze on the feet of two children in the film.
For Warner Bros asked him to supply two pairs of shoes for the movie.
"My reaction was one of disbelief," said Mr Phillippo. "I thought it was a wind-up, but then realised it wasn't. We were happy to help in any way we could."
Mr Phillippo, 34, has had a shop at the Earlham Road Shopping Centre on Earlham Road for the past 13 years.
He said: "We're a little old shop, a family run business and to have someone request some shoes for a blockbuster movie . . . we're over the moon about it.
"We're very surprised but very proud that we could actually help. They've been so courteous and professional. It's been a real eye-opener to deal with a company like that."
Mr Phillippo, who has supplied shoes across the world, said samples of the size-one shoes to be worn by two little girls in the film had been sent to Warner Bros.
He said the film studio had said it was "delighted" with the samples and sent back more detailed specifications for the shoes, which have now been made and will be sent out to America shortly.
The shoes to be used in the film are Diana-style shoes made by Start-Rite, also of Norwich.
Mr Phillippo said they would have been among the last pairs to have been made in England.
He said: "They've assured me that, although the shoes won't have a starring role, they will be in a scene and will be very prominent.
"Warner Brothers were delighted with the sample and have put us on the vendors' list.
"We're now officially on their books so we might in the future get the chance to provide other shoes, which is something else we're proud of."
Constantine will star Reeves as John Constantine, a world-travelling misfit who investigates supernatural mysteries, walking a thin line between evil and good.
He teams up with a female police detective named Angela Dodson, who seeks Constantine's help while investigating the suicide-like death of her twin sister Isabel.
The investigation takes Constantine and Angela through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.