If the cast of Rock of Ages isn’t already tired of the scorching hot temperatures I give them another few days before they are! Being a native Floridian I tend to mostly stay indoors and avoid being out during the hours of about 11am to around 6pm when the temperatures are at their worst.
But with production mostly taking place around those hours I have been left with no choice!
Today’s shoot was really cute and took place at Boomers, a family entertainment center that has bumper cars, mini golf, video arcade machines and a giant wooden roller coaster that I don’t even think is in functioning order anymore! Regardless, said roller coaster was the backdrop for what looked like a re-creation of the Santa Monice Pier.
It was purely by accident that I arrived before any other nosey people did and I accidentally ended up on the set. It looked like a carnival setting with lots of extras in fun costumes and wigs. Before I knew it, I saw Russell Brand and his trademark wavy hair pop out during a scene and then I noticed a man beside him with longish hair that I could tell was a wig.
As he turned his face to the side I realized it was Alec Baldwin! Due to the nature of the shoot I didn’t dare take out my camera and because of where the shoot was taking place I knew it would be impossible for the paparazzi to capture any of this.
Luckily Adam Shankman, the director of Rock of Ages, sent out the photo above of Brand and Baldwin via Twitter!
Shortly thereafter it was time for their lunch break and I noticed they were setting up the mini golf area for the next scene. By this point though police weren’t too happy that people were around observing so I took that as my cue to leave. Alas, there will be plenty of other opportunities to check out the scenery as they have at least two more months of shooting.
Photo Cred: Adam Shankman via Twitter