‘Y’all got to do something about the bugs’: Will Smith vs. Lowcountry no-see-ums
There’s new buzz from the set of the Will Smith movie “Gemini Man” being filmed in the Savannah area.
It’s literally buzzing with insects.
“I love Georgia. But y’all got to do something about the bugs,” the actor said in a video posted Tuesday night on his Instagram page.
Smith was wearing netting that covered his entire head and neck.
The video pans to a large swarm of flying insects over a marshy scene.
“Georgia’s so gorgeous. No, really, it’s beautiful. But gotta rock this s--- to be out here,” he said while tugging on the netting over his face.
“I make my living with my face,” he pleaded in the video. “So somebody do something about it. Quick.”
The actor said insect repellent was no help.
“I sprayed Off on,” he says. “The bugs is on that like it’s honey.”
Those who live in the Lowcountry learn quickly about fighting sand gnats — also known as “no-see-ums” or biting midges. Being in the marsh at dusk is just about the worst place and time for someone bothered by them.
“Salt marsh habitats are their favored breeding habitat,” Clemson entomology professor Eric Benson told The Island Packet previously.
Spraying pesticides to kill sand gnats could also harm bees and butterflies, Benson said. And that’s not to mention the cost.
There are a few natural remedies some people swear by. Lemongrass and lavender essential oils or products like No Natz work for some people, said Margie Fox of Bluffton’s Garden Gate Nursery.
Others recommend long pants, long sleeves and staying in front of a fan.
Several of the commenters offered their own solutions, such as Avon Skin So Soft, rubbing dryer sheets on your skin and Listerine.
Many sympathized but said bugs are just a fact of life in Georgia.
“Comes with the territory,” one commenter posted.
Smith said in the Instagram video that he was on his first day of shooting for “Gemini Man,” which is being directed by Ang Lee and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen.
“Ang Lee got me out here fighting the wildlife,” the caption on the video says.
“Gemini Man” tells the story of an over-the-hill hit man facing off against a younger clone of himself, according to IMDB. It is expected to be released Oct. 4, 2019.
On Feb. 16, Smith was spotted taking in a movie at Royal Cinemas & IMAX in Pooler.
Last Saturday, the celebrity helped Bluffton 17-year-old Andrew Mooney film a “promposal” to invite his girlfriend to the Hilton Head Christian Academy prom.