After hearing so many amazing stories from fans observing the Sunday filming of Cosmopolis in downtown Toronto, I decided I would go check things out myself. I’m only an hour away, the kids are in school…. why not?
First off… I didn’t get lost – and I get lost often. Daily. I got lost driving home once. So the fact that I drove straight to where I was supposed to be seemed to be a good sign. I took a walk around to see what I could see. Now, I’ve never been to a film set before, so when I spied Rob’s trailer I could have gone home happy. It was so quiet though and there was no one around so I walked closer…
The rest of the adventure, plus a fan photo of Rob taken that day, after the cut!
There was very little activity to be seen. Lots of trucks and cables. Crates of stuff. I didn’t know if I’d see any filming, I really was just excited to be there and to see whatever I could.
I spoke to a few crew members and was told they were setting up the restaurant scene. Ooo an intense scene and… an interior scene. Hmmm I guess I wasn’t going to see any filming after all. Oh well. Still, I had the day and wasn’t giving up yet. I took a little walk around the block looking for the limo. No dice. As I was walking back I received a message that my twitter bud, drapht13, had arrived. I met up with her at the end of the street and when I looked back down toward the trailers I saw….
Now, I’m not going to lie. I felt conspicuous and was tempted to stay really far back but we edged forward (I felt like I was playing with Dean – every time he looked away we’d creep forward. lol) Once I could see the whites of Dean’s eyes I figured we were close enough. This also put us right beside Mr Cronenberg’s trailer. Then… we waited. And waited. Aaaand… you get the idea.
Finally, there was a flurry of activity. Trailer doors were knocked on, phones were yelled into, a few crew members ran around. Mr Cronenberg came out of his trailer and walked directly to the building and then Rob came out of his trailer, took two steps and was gone. Instantly, the day out is a success! 🙂
We spotted Caitlin Cronenberg and I debated, no agonized, about approaching her. I’m too shy for these adventures! I’m thinking to myself “what would Tink do in this situation?” then I thought “Tink’s gonna kick my ass if I don’t say something!” So when Caitlin looked in our direction, I waved (I’m so brave!) and we did get to talk for a few minutes about the shoot and the blog. Wonderful lady!
During this time we could hear occasional shouts of “ROLLING!” and “CUT!” I found this very exciting. It was so real. Even though I couldn’t see anything I knew Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon were filming right there. Then another rapid Rob dash to his trailer followed by Mr Cronenberg strolling to his.
I had my copy of Cosmopolis handy and as Mr Cronenberg started to pass I asked if he would be signing autographs today. I said this so quietly that I had to repeat myself. He laughed and said “You want my autograph?” I thought I would be intimidated by him, he’s an icon and a Canadian treasure but he was so nice! As he signed my book I babbled questions at him about the shoot. He replied that they were having a great time, it was a really great group of people and he was very happy with how everything was going. I mentioned that I’d seen some photos of him joking around from filming the day before and he said, “Yeah, we’re really having fun!”
(I tried to take a picture of Mr Cronenberg signing an autograph for someone else but ended up taking two seconds of vid. Really shaky vid. Those of you who know about the Rob video that never was from New York City will recognize the pattern here. I should not be allowed around technology near famous people.)
Shortly after all this wonderful stuff happened a fire alarm sounded and four fire engines arrived. There was no fire or emergency but shooting was halted. I knew what time I had to leave by and, even though it seemed like the day might be shot, I decided to stay. Well, I’m glad I did! I met Yukkei (a Cosmopolisfilm blog reader!) and her friends, plus Rob made a few more quick appearances. Yukkei and I bonded when we made the same “awww” sound when we saw Rob going into his trailer. 😉
Finally, it was time for me to head home. I gave Yukkei a card for our blog and said we’d love for her to send in any photos that she’d like to share. And she did!!!! 🙂
You can read more about Rob signing autographs for fans (2 hours after I left *twitches*) HERE.