Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Jasper (Road House)

Patrick Swayze's 1989 film, in which he plays James Dalton, a bouncer and former philosophy major (seriously) recruited to clean up a seedy small-town bar, put the city of Jasper, Mo., on the radar. Well, sort of. The film is set in the town but was actually made in California (note the Golden State's hills still visible in the movie). And most people still wouldn't be able to pick out Jasper — in Missouri's southwestern corner — on a map. But Road House became somewhat of a cult classic when it was released on VHS, thus making Jasper (pop. 1,077) the most famous small town in southwestern Missouri and Dalton a worthy character to honor with a statue. At the very least it'd be a pretty cheap tourist attraction. And what would be inscribed on the statue's base? "Pain don't hurt," obviously.