So I'm reading this article about local actors in Chicago who are working as extras in the movie Stranger Than Fiction, which is currently filming in the Windy City and stars Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Dustin Hoffman. It seems producers love Chicago for its immense talent pool (and it always has been a great theater town). It seems to me that more cities should sell themselves this way, not only as picturesque and architecturally beautiful, but as a place with loads of talent. Instead of making your break in Hollywood, you simply stay put and wait for Hollywood to come to you. But then, I'm extremely naive.