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GLENWOOD CANYON ” Mr. and Mrs. Smith have postponed their trip to Glenwood.

“Mr and Mrs. Smith” is a major motion picture currently in production starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as, you guessed it, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

The film’s location manager, Rick Schuler, was in Glenwood Springs Wednesday with film and production crews as they set up for filming when he received word that the shoot was being postponed.



“We’ll be shooting later ” I don’t know exactly when,” he said Thursday afternoon. “We are committed to this location, but the studio is re-grouping, thinking through the scene.

“They’re rewriting the scene with Brad’s character and Angelina’s character,” Schuler explained. “Initially, the characters were going to fight under the bridge, but now there’s discussion that the characters will just encounter each other under the bridge, and not actually fight there. The studio’s rethinking that scene,” Schuler said.



Although Jolie and Pitt are filming their parts in California at the tunnel and bridge sets, Schuler said they didn’t want to shoot the actors’ stunt doubles on location, and then have to reshoot those scenes because the script has changed.

“That’s why we’re postponing,” he said.

The film’s about a married couple who, unbeknownst to one another, also happen to be covert assassins hired to kill each other.

Filmmakers chose the Hanging Lake tunnels in Glenwood Canyon for an edge-of-your-seat technical climbing scene that was scheduled to be shot next week.

Schuler said crews have already built sets in California of the Interstate 70 bridge that curves into the tunnels, and of the tunnels themselves. Jolie and Pitt are shooting their scenes in California and will not likely be needed in Glenwood Canyon since the actors’ stunt doubles will be used on location.

Schuler said the studio decided to hold off on shooting the Hanging Lake tunnel scene because of creative changes.

“It happens,” he said of adjusting film schedules and modifying scenes, even when crews are on-site and ready to go.

He said since the scene calls for snow, he hopes to wait only a few weeks before rescheduling the shoot. Schuler said that if the shoot is postponed after the snow has melted from the canyon’s walls, filmmakers can add it in digitally later.

“It’s nice that it’s warmed up, but it’s kind of a catch-22 because then we’ll lose the snow,” he said.

When the scene is filmed, the Colorado State Patrol has agreed to create “rolling breaks” of traffic, which means patrol cars stationed in front of traffic will slow vehicles coming from both east and west I-70, allowing film crews time to shoot when vehicles aren’t present. Schuler said that this way there won’t be any full stops in the canyon.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

cclick@postindependent.com


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