Film crew’s back, Hanging Lake rest area closed |

Film crew’s back, Hanging Lake rest area closed

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” They’re baaaaack.

Just when you thought it was safe to take a bathroom break at the Hanging Lake rest area on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, along comes the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” film crew again.

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

The film crew will begin setting up at the Hanging Lake rest area starting today, which will close the rest stop’s entrance and exit.

Nancy Shanks of the Colorado Department of Transportation said plans are to close the rest stop from today through March 19 ” but it might reopen sooner.

Shanks said the actual filming is currently scheduled for March 8-11.

During that time, CDOT will work with the Colorado State Patrol to coordinate “rolling stops” for traffic through the Hanging Lake tunnels.

State patrollers will position their vehicles in front of cars and trucks on I-70 to slow traffic down. Film crews will shoot scenes while vehicles on I-70 are held back by patrollers.

Shanks said she doesn’t know how long delays in the canyon will be during filming days.

“I wouldn’t want to estimate that at this point,” she said, though she did say that keeping traffic moving instead of stopping it all together should help motorists get through the canyon quicker.

The film crews set up to shoot the Hanging Lake tunnels scene around Feb. 20, but pulled out of town when filmmakers decided to rewrite the script and the positioning of the actors for the scene.

With the rewrite complete, crews have once again scheduled the shoot.

Rick Schuler, the film’s location manager, said it’s unlikely that Pitt and Jolie will film in the canyon. A duplicate set has been built in California and the scenes are being shot there. A team of technical climbers will probably be used as stunt doubles to shoot the canyon scene, Schuler said.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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