For the last couple of weeks, Cleveland has been taken over with the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Streets have been closed, traffic has been backed up and quite a bit of the downtown area has been rerouted or put on hold during the shoot. Cleveland.com has done an outstanding job of live blogging each and every day of the shoot.
Last week, the first unit headed inside to Tower City to do a day of filming. As I came up the escalator I was greeted by a row of monitors and captain’s chairs.
I stuck around for a few minutes and snagged the following two videos:
All of those people in the above videos are extra. So… they closed down the middle of Tower City to foot traffic, only to fill it with extras who provide… foot traffic. Hilarious.
I didn’t manage to get the elusive pic of Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans kissing, but I did manage to snap the pic of the two stars below during my few minutes on set. Side note on the security. They were kind of dicks about the whole thing. I fully understand that they don’t people standing around with their iPhone (like I was) filming the movie while its being filmed, but they really did take it to the nth degree. As an example, when I came out of work they were filming in the “basement” of Tower City where the RTA comes into the center. I was on the top (3rd) floor of Tower City looking down at the shoot. So I’m at least 3 stories away, with no phone or camera out and I’m still being whisked away and told to keep moving due to “security concerns”. Yeah right. If I didn’t have something to do that night I would have raised a huge stink. But I digress…
I’m sure in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago watching a movie scene being filmed (even a boring scene of two stars walking across a mall) is second nature, but for me it was pretty damn cool. It was awesome to see Cleveland represented in last summer’s Avengers and by the looks of it the little city of Cleveland that I love is going to be getting MAJOR screen time in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’m looking forward to the traffic in downtown Cleveland to go back to pre-Captain America levels, but for the couple of weeks it was super cool to see downtown buzzing.
Got a Captain America filming story of your own? Leave a comment… I’d love to hear it!