Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Star sighting...

OK, I'm not exactly Hollywood or celeb spotting happy, but I have to admit I got a kick out of it when Jude Law swanned past me last night on the set for the remake of Alfie.

For the last couple of weeks, the production company has been transforming a section of Manchester's northern quarter (High Street and Hilton Street) into the streets of NYC, which is where the updated version is set. They've done a brilliant job, down to the traffic lights, fire escapes and mud splattered New York Times paperboxes. Shops have been transformed into bagel bars, diners or even a fabulous Marimekko - I really wish they were staying that way! It's all so authentic that it made me feel quite homesick - after all, there are certain things that all North American cities have.

Anyhow, the first day of filming was on Monday but we didn't manage to swing by. But last night, I got back from a meeting in Liverpool at about 6:30 so we decided to stop by on the way back from Piccadilly Station. We weren't sure how close we could get, and spotted security guards about a block and a half away from the action. Either they let us pass, or they didn't care - but we managed to get on the corner right across from the cafe where they were filming the last scenes of the day. Suddenly, Jude Law sailed out of an alleyway (very glam!) and walked right past me to the set. He was very short (aren't actors *always*?), had very long feet, looked very sharp in his suit, seemed to having a good laugh with everyone on set and probably looked very handsome indeed if he's your type. There were a few other people who were obviously Ac-tors too, but I didn't recognise any of them. No sign of Marisa Tomei or Susan Sarandon though - they're also on the imdb cast list.

So we stood in the early evening misty rain, which looked surreal coming down under the huge crane lights, and enjoyed watching the organised chaos that is a huge film set do their thing until it started getting too soggy to be fun. Not bad for a Tuesday!


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