Last week, Flight Facilities ( a Australian electronic producer duo / also performs as Hugo & Jimmy) with their music video for Down to Earth joined a list of music videos and projects filmed at Johnie's Coffee Shop in Los Angeles. The restaurant has also appeared in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Swingin', Reba McEntire's Somebody, and Sean Kingston's Beautiful Girls. Not to mention such films as The Big Lebowski, Reservoir Dogs, Miracle Mile, and American History X to name a few (of course that does not even cover television shows and photo shoots).
For those of us who have lived or visited Los Angeles, you will recognize Johnie's instantly - the blue and white Googie-style (you know, Jetson-esque) diner at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
Unfortunately, you will never be able to recreate any of your favorite scenes, let alone order a cup of coffee from the diner. Johnie's Coffee Shop was closed in 2000 by its owners (they own the 99 Cents Store next door) and it stays shut up unless it is hired out for a project. At least they did not tear it down. The building was given historical landmark status by the Los Angeles City Council in November 2013
Which brings us to the newest notch on the Johnie's Coffee Shop belt in terms of epic film-based projects: Flight Facilities' Down to Earth (directed by Rhett Wade-Ferrell). It really is a simple story, but one that provides all of us with what we need: Sam Rockwell not only dancing around (moves choreographed by Vincent Paterson) Johnie's Coffee Shop, but also owning it in a Hawaiian shirt (how is that possible - but the man does it, like so many awkward roles before).
I plead with you, just watch. I promise you will not be disappointed and the charming Sam Rockwell will leave you a little bit happier. I mean, who does not want to dance around a diner in the middle of the night, especially such an iconic one as Johnnie's Coffee Shop. Plus, its Sam Rockwell and he is amazing (plus bonus points for the waistcoat)!.