Major motion picture "Max" takes place in Lufkin

Major motion picture "Max" takes place in Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the Lufkin Daily News was asked by a movie production company for a newspaper rack and old newspapers last year, they thought nothing of it.

"They said they were going to use them in a movie," said Lufkin Daily News Circulation Director Jenniffer Ricks. "We didn't know what movie. We didn't know when the movie was going to come out, but we did it."

They had no idea their small town paper was going to be featured in a major motion picture.

"We got some calls saying that they saw our newspaper rack and newspapers in a scene in the movie 'Max,'" Ricks said.

"Max," the story about a military dog, was filmed in North Carolina, but takes place in town of Lufkin, Texas.

But is it really Lufkin?

"Even though that it says that it's based in Lufkin, Texas, we really know that it is just a fictional name," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

According the film's official website, the Lufkin in the movie is located on the outskirts of San Antonio by the Lackland Air Force Base. In reality, Lufkin is five hours east of that location.

What led the director to use the name Lufkin?

"They did want to base it out of Lackland Air Force Base because that is where they do train the dogs to send with our soldiers," Watson-Watkins explained. "He just happened to pick a name and the name he picked was Lufkin."

Even though it's not exactly the real Lufkin that's being portrayed, the city is thrilled just to be mentioned and hopes it brings some interest to the heart of the Pineywoods.

"Hopefully, it will being some awareness to our beautiful East Texas," Watson-Watkins said.  "Hopefully, it will make people go and check out our Website and see other amenities we have to offer."

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