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Mr. and Mrs. Smith come to Glenwood

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Get ready, Glenwood. Hollywood is on its way. Scenes for an upcoming action thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be shot at the Hanging Lake tunnels in Glenwood Canyon in late February or early March, confirmed Marianne Virgili, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association on Monday. Besides Jolie and Pitt, the tunnels are the stars, said Virgili. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a Regency film distributed by 20th Century Fox. The picture is set in upstate New York and is about a New York couple in a failing marriage who, unbeknownst to one another, also happen to be covert assassins hired to kill each other, according to an industry Web site, the Internet Movie Database. The film is currently in production and is scheduled to be released later this year. Location scout David Valasco, whose credits include 2002s Anger Management and the HBO television series Sex and the City, was in Glenwood Springs Monday to meet with Virgili and other locals involved with the action film. Virgili said brothers Brian Long, the climbing wall supervisor at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and his brother, recreation assistant Brad Long, are working with filmmakers. Velasco has also contacted staff at Carbondale-based Climbing magazine to participate in the production.Virgili said filmmakers selected the Glenwood Canyon location from dozens of entries submitted throughout Colorado and the rest of the country.The Colorado Film Commission contacted us on behalf of the filmmakers because they were looking for a location in a canyon with steep walls and tunnels, said Virgili of the selection process. She said photographs and a video shot from a helicopter submitted by Joe Kracum, who was instrumental in the Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon construction project, helped secure the location shoot for Glenwood. The Hanging Lake tunnels beat out another location in West Virginia that would have been logistically easier to shoot, since the tunnels there were no longer in operation. But Glenwood Canyon won out in the end. The beauty of the canyon sold them, Virgili said of the filmmakers choice. Its breathtaking. She said filmmakers have secured permits from the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Xcel Energy in order to complete the shoot, after city officials, including Glenwood Springs city manager Michael Copp, wrote letters supporting the project. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has been actively pursuing movie and commercial shoots since it started the Glenwood Film Commission in May 2002. Theyre a great boon to the local economy, said Virgili of film and commercial shoots. They come and stay at our lodging and eat at our restaurants. They hire our caterers and contractors. Most importantly, the kind of publicity we generate that ends up on the big screen and in the film credits is so valuable.Virgili said she doesnt yet know if Jolie or Pitt will be on location in Glenwood Springs for the shoot, since filmmakers have constructed a duplicate set of the tunnels in California.Jolie was recruited for the film last year after Nicole Kidman bowed out because of a scheduling conflict with another film, a remake of The Stepford Wives, according to the trade publication Variety. An earlier film, also titled Mr. and Mrs. Smith, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. The 1941 comedy, a unique genre for Hitchcock, centered on a married couple who discover theyre not legally married. That film is not connected to the 2004s Mr. and Mrs. Smith currently in production. Mr. & Mrs. Smith follows a long list of films that have been shot locally, including the classic 1926 silent movie The Great K&A Train Robbery starring Tom Mix, 1971s Vanishing Point starring Cleavon Little, and 1990s Flashback starring Dennis Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland.Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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