The fourth and final season of the series Hard Rock Medical is being shot here in North Bay. The production began early last week.
Jim Calarco plays one of the key roles in the series as the head of a local mining firm.
It’s a tough week for Calarco. His final scene will be shot on Wednesday here in North Bay.
“I’ve grown to like my son, who is played by Jamie Spilchuk (North Bay native). I guess I’m going to have to say good-bye to him now as we close out our relationship on Wednesday and it's our last scene together so, it’s been a fun four years,” said Calarco.
But while Calarco is sentimental, he is emotional in a very positive way about what the production of the series has done for North Bay. He credits the producers here for using local talent, something that doesn’t happen all the time when production companies film here in the north.
Calarco also operates a talent agency based here in North Bay called NorthStar Talent, and his clients are taking advantage of that Hard Rock Medical northern exposure.
“Hard Rock Medical is shooting exclusively in North Bay this year. They have 98 actors in the show and 32 of them are from my agency, which means 32 actors from North Bay are hired on this particular show,” explained Calarco.
“So our actors account for about 1/3 of the actors in the series and they are getting principal roles including me as it’s my last season too and I’m finished. Wednesday is my last day but they are shooting into June so they have a lot more to do.”