Okay, movie fans. A big budget movie is filming in my home of Seattle this week, and next. Now…I for one was not a big fan of 50 Shades of Grey, not because I mind the subject matter so much as it was a poorly done film, book, and inaccurate representation of BDSM. My two cents.
And a lot of Seattle is rather annoyed by them filming the next in the installment, 50 Shades Darker…even the news here put the tagline on their Facebook post as: “TRAFFIC ON THE VIADUCT COULD BE AS BAD AS THE MOVIE” …which let me tell you…got some good laughs and extra likes.
The viaduct is a double decker raised highway with what happens to be one of the best views as you drive north past downtown and the waterfront. I see why they chose this road. It is actually slated for demolition after they finish digging the replacement tunnel they are currently boring underneath the highway. There is much controversy over this, but the truth is the viaduct is a hazard, weak, old, and destined to collapse the next time we have an earthquake of “big one” magnitude.
I will miss it however, the view can’t be beat. And the movie crews know this. And while I could care less about the movies, I do find the filming process fascinating. I just hope they do our city justice.
And oh yeah. Jamie Dornan…pretty hot and a MUCH better actor in the Netflix show The Fall, where he stars alongside Gillian Anderson as the subject of her hunt to catch him, a serial murderer. He does the role well, much better than in 50, and so I will cut him some slack. 🙂
Check out some helicopter footage and news clips here to watch them filming car scenes live on the highway. Of course, all the cars are stunt/prop cars (I laughed at the token truck carrying rowing sculls…so it could be more Seattle, perhaps?) and they had to close the highway to take it over (which annoyed us locals), and you can’t see the actors, but you can see the action, as it were: