Steven Spielberg lunches with Va. film officials in Richmond
Superstar film director Steven Spielberg was spotted lunching with Rita McClenny, director of the Virginia Film Office, and Andy Edmunds, the office's location manager at Millie's Diner in Richmond, several customers and restaurant workers confirmed.
Spielberg, wearing a black jacket and baseball cap, arrived at the always packed restaurant in the historic Church Hill, with nearly a dozen people in a white van.
No word why he was here, but Spielberg has long been interested in making a movie about Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president visited the former capital of the confederacy in April 1865 right after the city fell.
Aaron Ruby, an associate at Capital Results public affairs firm located near Millie's, spotted Spielberg as he walked in the front door.
"I recognized him right away. At first nobody at the table would believe me. You don't don't expect to see Steven Spielberg in Richmond, at best you see somebody who looks like him,'' he said. "I asked a couple members of his entourage if they were making a movie in Richmond and one woman replied 'maybe.' Let's hope so. To paraphrase Bogart in Casablanca, of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine."
Mary Nelson, a film office spokeswoman, declined to comment. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is out the state and his office said it did not know about the visit.
| November 18, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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