Houma, La., got a double dose of Hollywood when heartthrob Antonio Banderas arrived to start work on his directorial debut, starring his wife, Melanie Griffith.

Droves of fans showed up at the motel where Banderas was staying, and booksellers noted a sudden rush on Mark Childress' darkly comic novel "Crazy in Alabama," on which the movie will be based. The book, Childress' fourth novel, is about the civil rights movement of the 1960s.The town of Houma will act as a stunt double for Industry, Ala., a town where the local government once preferred to close a swimming pool rather than integrate it.