Every summer, Edinburgh becomes the most talked-about city in Scotland. The Festival has started and already the shows have begun, the visitors have arrived and general madness that makes the city feel like New York at times in terms of crowds and congestion, has begun. However, this year, Glasgow is not being left in the shade and is giving the capital a run for it’s money in terms of headline-grabbing and celeb spotting. Edinburgh may have a few comedians performing, but Glasgow has Brad Pitt filming his latest movie in it’s city centre!
Glasgow city centre is being transformed for the post-apocalyptic zombie movie World War Z. Yellow taxis and white police cars are being brought in, and street signs reminiscent of America are being prepared by crew to convince audiences that city centre Glasgow is, in fact, Philadelphia.
Brad arrived in the city on Thursday, with wife Angelina and their children close behind. In true A-lister style, the family decided that first-class would not do for the five hour journey from London to Glasgow, and chartered an entire train to transport them in the comfort they are used to. Not content with a stay in the local Travelodge, the family have checked into a nearby country manor in Ayrshire for the duration of the filming.
In true Scottish style, the weather has not been co-operative and Brad was said to be “displeased” by the rain. Fans were not put off by the grim showers and gathered round the city centre, desperate to catch a glimpse of their hero. Unfortunately, they are set to be disappointed; film sets will be completely closed off and secured. Although it’s not all bad news for Glasgow locals. The film is set to bring in £2 million to the local economy, and extras are being hired for crowd scenes.
Wandering around Glasgow on Saturday, there was a sense of excitement around the George Square. Although the set was off-limits, some of the American automobiles and other props lined the streets and proud locals were only too happy to take advantage of the photo opportunity. There was no sign of Brad, though.
With the end of filming set to co-incide with the end of the Edinburgh festival, Glasgow is showing Edinburgh that it’s not only the capital city to offer some excitement this summer!
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