We received a flyer on our door on Monday notifying us that a film crew would be in the neighborhood this week filming a "major movie production." Our neighbor, whose home is being used as the set, had given us a heads up to expect the flyer. She also spilled the beans- Robert Rodriguez is filming Machete in our 'hood! Actually, I don't know if the neighborhood will be in any of the shots. So far, all the filming I've seen has been inside the home. We have a bird's eye view because the set/house is directly across the street from us.
At first, we thought, no big deal. We figured it would just be a few cameras and crew members hanging around. On Wednesday we came home from work to see a half dozen semi-trucks lining the streets of the neighborhood, crew members milling everywhere, and gear strewn all over the place. It is a major movie production, indeed! When I first laid eyes on the tubing that snakes from the window of the house halfway down the block to a tented generator, all I could think was, "E.T., phone home!" But Drew isn't in this movie... Lindsey is. As in LiLo, or one half of the adorable, former Sam/Lindsey sandwich (I really hope they get back together), or unfortunate child of stage-mom extraordinaire Dina. Yes, I watch too much E! True Hollywood Story.
Oh, and Robert DiNero is in the movie, too. Along with Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, Rose McGowan, and Michelle Rodriguez. Quite a mix, huh? Danny Trejo, the lead in the movie, has been on set every day and has been pretty cool about speaking with the neighborhood kids and taking photos. No sign of Mr. DiNero. Jessica Alba has been sighted and I can confirm she was on set because a crew member left a call sheet from Wednesday's shoot in our yard. She started shooting at 1 p.m.- after 2 hours in make-up. As if Jessica Alba needs 2 hours of make up application to look beautiful. I'm pretty sure she's gorgeous as soon as she rolls out of bed. Still no Lindsey sighting but I'm holding out hope. According to her Twitter stream, she was filming in Austin last week. Not that I've subscribed... it's as vapid as you would imagine. She tweeted about her love of Chloe boots.
Things start hopping as the sun goes down. Most of the crew didn't even show up until 4 p.m. today and we've been told they will be shooting until 4:30 a.m. The street is lit up like Christmas and the lights shine right into our rather large windows. It has been a challenge to settle the dogs and get some sleep the last couple of nights. Today is supposed to be the last day of shooting.
While it has been exciting to watch the goings on, I don't think any of the neighbors will be sorry to see them go. I'm definitely ready for the six semi-trucks, numerous white vans, a couple of classic cars, and the BMW roadster that has been parked in front of my house to go with them. Of course, it will be cool to see the movie when it comes out- the release date is sometime in 2010.