Saturday, April 29, 2006

My spidey-senses tell me...

that something fishy is going on downtown (Cleveland, that is).

About two weeks ago, the local news anchors had a lot of fluff for news about the Indians, the Cavs playoffs and Lebron James, but mostly it was all a bunch of talk about Spiderman filming downtown.

I suppose that it's easier to close down Euclid Avenue from the hours of 8-6 every day for two weeks than some NYC street if you want to film a bunch of car crash scenes. But for the people who actually work downtown, they aren't too thrilled with adding a good forty-five minutes to their commute.

Yes, Spiderman III is being filmed here, but for the love of God, it ain't like Tobey McGuire is dangling from his feet off the Hunting Bank building and upside-down kissing Kirsten Dunst.

Those silly news anchors. They tried to get everybody all excited, but they can't fool me. The best part about it, is that there's some freak walking around dressed in a Spiderman costume downtown everyday. Now there's a grown man who probably still lives with his parents. He's Spidey's number one fan. But his costume looks like he got it on sale after Halloween at Kmart, it's all ill-fitting.

John said he's heard about the freak and a couple of guys he works with have seen him, too. I first saw him on Channel 3 News. Yeah, this is the guy they picked to interview about all the hubbub of Spiderman. And he sounded like a fairly normal guy and said all the usual pleasantries like, "Oh, this is very exciting," and "it's great for Cleveland." But did the news guy stop and ask, "Hey, what's going on with the Spidey get-up? Let's talk about that."? No, he didn't. Come on, that's the real news. I wish David Letterman could have been our guest news anchor.

We're going to take Jack down today, since it's supposed to be the last day of filming. John said he saw Spiderman last night while he was trying to get over to the Rapid (local train). He said he watched for a minute, and basically it was Spiderman holding on to a truck while two guys that were working on the set held up his legs. He was most impressed with the costume, other than that, it was pretty uneventful.

All night he kept going on about that costume. "That Spiderman costume was really nice," he'd say. I asked if it looked better than the thirty-five year old freak's drugstore version. But the real thing's spandex is always going to look better than that rayon/polyester crap that's so thin you can see through it.

If we don't see the real Spiderman, I really hope we run into some weirdos dressed up like him. I have some great questions prepared on index cards just in case.

7 Comments:

At 29 April, 2006, Blogger Attila The Mom said...

I love when they film movies in locations I recognize!

How you doing?

 
At 30 April, 2006, Blogger 3rd Times a Charm said...

I would be irrtated if filming interrupted or prolonged my commute. Although seeing somewhere you recognize in a film is cool!

3T

 
At 01 May, 2006, Blogger Curare_Z said...

You guys need to try and be extras. Then at least you'll get SOMETHING out of having a big film filmed in your town...something other than weirdos, that is. :-)

 
At 02 May, 2006, Blogger Shana said...

Hey I am in Alaska...Spidy came here last year for a promotional event...I am a balloon sculpture and was hired to "twist balloons" for the kids who were waiting for autographs...Let me tell you that spandex suite is AWSOME!! It shows all the right equipment and man can that guy move...cartwheels and flips in spandex...watching this for three hours while waiting in line was not a problem for all the women their...I saw some husbands hand their wives the credit cards and send them mall shopping while he and the kid waited for spidey.....what a show!

 
At 02 May, 2006, Blogger charlie said...

"Spidey Man, Spidey Man, does whetever a yahdy yah,
Yahdy Yah, yahdy yahdy, catches erm just like flies
Look out yahdy the Spidey Man."

Love that song! Sing it all the time.

 
At 03 May, 2006, Blogger Anita said...

You know what would really chap that Spiderman-suit wearing guy's ass? If YOU showed up in a Spidey suit! If he's that serious about Spider Man he'd be all grumpy and pouty that you were stealing his glory! Plus the news would want to interview you because a classy lady in a Spiderman suit is (apparently) way weirder than some crazed comic-book loving, lives w/mama nerd. Just think about it...

 
At 04 May, 2006, Blogger Bruce said...

My cousins were living in Euclid when Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett filmed Light of Day. They weren't all that thrilled, to tell you the truth, especially when the crew took over The Euc.

 

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