Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ben Stiller | Filming "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in New York City

 Ben Stiller filming"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in New York City

It was a pleasant surprise several Sundays ago when we stumbled upon the actual filming of a new movie on Fifth Avenue around 53rd Street in New York City. 

It was an even bigger surprise a few hours later when by chance we came upon the same movie crew filming another scene on Sixth Avenue across from the New York Hilton hotel. There we learned that the movie being filmed was a remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". Ben Stiller was one of the stars and he was filming a scene right in front of us. A crowd had gathered to watch the action. Ben Stiller was sequestered in a truck and during the break, he smiled and waved to the crowd. The crowd cheered in approval. 

Filming of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in New York City

The traffic on Sixth Avenue in the vicinity was stopped for a few minutes when the filming started. We watched as the camera rolled and the actors were transported in their designated vehicles. Two actors were strapped onto the top of a New York City bus. The bus was actually a prop and it was plastered with scenes from the movie. The yellow cab next to it was probably a prop too. 

The bus soon moved uptown with the two actors standing on top of it. After that scene has wrapped up, the regular traffic was allowed to move along again. All in all, it was such a smooth operation !

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