What. A. Day. I’m sure lots of us were various shades of green today wishing we could have visited the Cosmopolis set as they filmed on a Toronto street today. Reader Dayna had earlier sent in a beautiful photo of her with Kevin Durand (Torval) and followed up with photos and an epic email recounting of her day observing filming. Go ahead… read and pretend you were there.
Dayna: My friend and I arrived on the set shortly after 9am to find Victoria Street blocked off. I was so happy to have found it my friend had to tell me the limo (which I’d said I would LOVE to see was parked right in front of us!
We did a walk by and saw Sarah and Rob sitting in the cafe (the camera was outside filming in). I was excited to see Rob just across the street but the icing on the cake was David coming up and crouching over between them. Being a Cronenberg fan for a very long time, it was incredibly exciting and a little shocking to see him so casual in person.
Chauffeur note: you can see those photos HERE
We got told we had to keep moving so luckily there was a tim hortons on the corner. We went in for breakfast but quickly found it almost empty, except for some people gathered at the back. We found a table and could see the scene pretty well. We watched take after take of Rob stuffing his face with food!
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They finished that particular scene , so Rob and Sarah exited the building and went to their trailers, along with them went almost every person that was in the tim hortons with us.
We managed to make friends with a girl who had been there a while and had the best seat in the house, so we ended up chatting and had a great time while waiting between takes.
There was a lot of setup and tear down. Eventually they put up black screens and blocked off most of what was being shown.
Kevin Durand was just kind of chillig outside. My new friend and I waved to him and he looked around, pointed to himself questioningly and when we nodded, he smiled and waved back. Feeling brave, she went outside. She yelled to him across the street and he came over. I dragged my other friend outside and she got his attention so I could get a picture with him! He was so increadibly nice and humble and graciously took the picture and thanked me when I told him I loved him on Lost.
Long breaks ensued and most of the filming was covered. During their lunch break they started going over the limo and discussing possible shots and angles (or so I assume from their basic actions and gesturing).
After some more blacked out filming it was time for the limo. Kevin came to set first and Rob followed. He was just on the other side of the Limo so we saw their backs mostly. For the most part it was very quiet around, but as soon as Rob was out people started to arrive and it got much busier in the poor Tim hortons.
More photos of Rob, Kevin and David Cronenberg, plus the rest of Dayna’s fantastic set adventure… after the limo jump! (They do that, right?)
We ended up having to move because someone used flash when taking pictures (which we were asked not to do) and they put up a big black screen right in front of us. We found another spot and watched a little longer until it started to get crazy crowded and felt like we were more imposing than just observing.
My general, overall impression was that this is going to be an incredible piece of art. It was amazing to see David working and directing. You could see his mind just working and running when he was interacting with his actors and the crew.
Watching Rob and Kevin interact was incredible. They seem to play off each other very well. It was interesting to see just how intense Rob is when he’s working! When they were resetting the scene he would close his eyes and just think and be quiet and still. I loved when Rob flubbed his lines and they had to do it again (so great to see his trademark giggle.
What can I say about Sarah? I had my doubts when she was first cast, but seeing her in that cafe, she embodied Elise and was completely how I would have pictured her in my head.!
Overall the day was a complete success and much more than I ever could have hoped for! I learned a lot about what a set is like and what happens behind the scenes (a lot of hurry-up-and-wait!). I could not have asked for a better weekend. I am more excited than ever to see tbis movie, I can just tell it’s going to be amazing!
Thank you Dayna for sharing! More photos in the gallery below.Follow @CosmopolisFilm on Twitter and Facebook!