So, a little background to this latest set adventure. I was in Toronto for the weekend, celebrating Genevieve35’s *cough* 27th birthday with a lovely group of friends. She was hoping to see some Cosmopolis filming but, after a few days in town, hadn’t had any luck. We went out the night before (Saturday) and had a great time. Stayed up late acting like the *cough* 27 year old lunatics we are.
After a few hours of sleeping in my clothes, I woke up to a sunny day *groan* and…. COSMOPOLIS SET PHOTOS ON TWITTER FROM EARLIER THAT MORNING!
I was like a Canadian Paul Revere running through the house. “Set photos from this morning! Set photos from this morning! Wake up! Get ready! Set photos from this morning!!!!” We determined the location (the columns of Union Station are very distinctive!) and hit the road. 🙂
Read more and see the photos after the jump!
It was a beautiful day and Union Station is a landmark in Toronto. Even on a Sunday, there was lots of traffic and people stopping to look. When we first arrived, we approached from the “wrong” side and couldn’t see anything. After allowing security to mock us for a few minutes (“Look Rob Patterson is right there!” Security really does love Rob fans. Their job would be much more boring without us 😉 ) we crossed Front St. and walked farther down. Now, I’ve visited the set two times before but had yet to see any actual filming. To be honest I was sure we would arrive and it would be over.
Robert Pattinson and Kevin Durand were right there, across the street, clearly between takes, but just…. there. Talking, walking around.
Then the production assistants started warning the crowd to be quiet during filming and not to use flash photography. “Rolling”… GAH! Rob became Eric – he stopped fidgeting and pacing and stood really still with his hand in his pocket. His smile disappeared and was replaced with a small sneer. I couldn’t hear from across the street but I could see Rob and Kevin delivering their lines. I knew by the line of white limousines parked in the street that this was the scene from first thing in the morning and fancied I could read lips… “We want a haircut.”
Then “CUT” and Rob and Kevin relaxed and the noise level picked back up. It was an amazing thing to see, both as a fan of film and a Robert Pattinson fan. Over the next half an hour or so (who am I kidding? Time was standing still!) there were three more takes. I can’t say enough how thrilled I was to see words I had read in a book coming to life right in front of me. Incredible.
Click HERE to see video of them shooting!
The actors left the set shortly after that and the production assistant told me they were breaking down this set and moving to the afternoon’s shooting location. I knew I couldn’t stay so I wandered and took some photos as “New York” disappeared and Toronto reappeared.
Can you handle a fan girl moment? I spent some time at the column they used for the shoot. Leaned on it. Paced around it… following someone’s footsteps. Doo de doo.
For a variety of reasons *shakes fist at real life* I had to leave at this point. 🙁 Luckily, Suziekew -and her magnificent camera – had arrived. The crew actually shared the next set location with us so, after watching Rob’s trailer drive away – with him in it – I said my good byes and Suzie and crew headed over to the afternoon location. The bookstore.
This was interior shooting but Suzie got some photos of Rob, Sarah Gadon and Patricia MacKenzie (Kendra Hays) during breaks. This was our first peek at Patricia, she is present in the bookstore as Eric’s security.
Apparently, it was a bit of a wait and the crew decided to have some fun with the fans observing. 😉
Here’s Suzie’s story about the bookshop location.
I soon realized it was the bookshop scene that was being filmed, where Eric, accompanied by his bodyguard Kendra, encounters Elise as she’s reading poetry.
Here’s where I slap myself and recall the day two weeks ago that I scoured the city to find a copy of Cosmopolis so I would have it to take to the set the next day and hopefully get David Cronenberg to sign it (mission accomplished!). None of the major chains were carrying it so I resorted to calling used and rare bookstores. After numerous calls I finally located a hardcover first edition(!), jumped in a cab (work? what work? pffft) and zoomed over there just before closing. The shop was unusually located in the basement of an office building in two separate rooms on both sides of the hallway. Although it was in an odd spot, the place was wonderfully laid out, with various nooks and crannies, and books jammed haphazardly everywhere. Two fluffy white cats were perched on top of a filing cabinet blinking at me as I came in.
The shop was deserted except for the lone clerk, who had to go across the hall to find the book. When he came back he said “do you mind me asking why you’re so interested in this book?” I told him it was because they were filming the movie here in Toronto, to which he replied “I know, they’re filming here in a couple of weeks. The director came in a while back looking for the collected works of William Burroughs.” Y’all will be so proud of me, I didn’t even bat an eyelash while my inner fangirl was shrieking OMGGGG! Really, what were the chances that I would stumble onto a shooting location in this fashion? The mind boggles. Although I tried my best to find out which day they would be shooting, no information was forthcoming, and was sure I would miss it due to work commitments this week, but thank heavens the Robforce was with me!
Great stuff! As with other interior shoots, there wasn’t a ton to see but Suzie did luck out at the end of the day. A happy, smiling Rob acknowledged the fans and we shared those photos right away, back on Sunday. Here are a few of my favourites. 🙂
Link time! Sunday was a busy day and we want to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
First shots of the day. Rob and Kevin on set HERE.
Even more photos, Rob and Kevin in and out of character HERE.
A gallery of photos by Suziekew. Robert Pattinson leaving the set HERE.
Book Post: Going Deeper into needing a haircut HERE.
Big hugs and thanks to Suzie, Genevieve35, Stefter, Sandyel, Drapht13 and everyone from Saturday night for a great weekend!
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