Monday, March 9, 2009

Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx Law Abiding Citizen Film Set 3/6/09

Hello readers. I hope you had a great weekend. I was incredibly busy, big thanks to Mike for letting me run around town and then sleep til 11AM and do it again. I will be writing about the Red Cross Ball tomorrow. Also GERARD BUTLER FAN SITES please do me a favor and don't lift these photos or the info from this blog until Tuesday 3/10/09. I would like to get a good reading on the Gerry fan's so when I see him next Saturday I can give him the info. (he's invited to a party I am going to)
Last week one of Gerry's fan's wrote me and asked me about the filming of Law Abiding Citizen at City Hall on Friday. I had no idea. Then on Friday I saw the sign pop up, and well I got a little excited a little not because I would maybe see Gerard or Jaime again, but well I saw they were dropping lights along Broad Street which meant they were lighting the buildings and what a photo op that would be.
I don't know how the Gerard Butler fans know, but for the past 6 weeks I have been receiving emails asking me questions, telling me about upcoming film schedules, and well the big question they want to know is where is he staying. He changes hotels a lot is all I can say. He's stayed in at least 4 since January. The crew below heard about Friday's filming and came from all over the Northeast of the United States and one women even came from South America. These women stayed in hotels, ate in restaurants and spent their money in Philly, Thanks!! (So LAC brings revenue into the City that might not always be measured)
I decided to walk about, I ran into a scene maker who told me that LAC would be filming on Monday & Tuesday inside City Hall. The workers had spent the afternoon painting a few of the rooms, well it's a spoiler do you need to know the color? In this hallway a scene from the movie was being filmed. i was surprised they allowed me to walk through the courtyard as they were filming.
I noticed that Craft foods was delivering food this room. I decided that the actors would need to eat and waited here for at least 2 hrs. As luck would have it Colm Meaney and his family walked by. That's his adorable daughter on the left, and his hottie wife with her back to us. That's him too. Well for sure Gerard would be coming by. I waited and waited, I did it for you his fans, because when i tell you I didn't sell one photo, well sure a few on websites for about $20 for the lot of them, but not worth the hours I waited. No the fans are a loyal bunch and I want to get the latest updates.
Nope, and at 10PM they locked the courtyard gates and I had to move. It was out to the West side of City Hall where I saw what I thought was Gerard sneaking into make-up.
Later someone said that Gerard was walking on that side of City Hall in just tshirts and jeans, but I didn't get to see him there, but I did find the costume trailer too. It was great to see what was in all these different trailers that I've seen for awhile but didn't know what was hidden away.
Did I mention it was a nice night, with temps in the 50's so it made it bearable to wait into the night. I should say that by this time, half the fans had left to go out to eat, and girls the restaurant's name is the password to get into the album with your photos. I'll throw in a Gerard photo as thanks for letting me take your picture, you can thank Judy for giving me that idea. Two of the girls were hanging out with me anonymous and anonymous. Plus PhillyBits blog
As time went on and their was no Gerry sightings I was getting despondent as I had now invested 6 hrs into this without any Gerry sightings. Finally a Gerry fan shared with me a photo she had gotten about 3PM that day. WHAT 3PM I took those initial photos at 3PM during my lunch hour. Where was he. She said he was hanging inside that same hallway I had seen them filming 4 hrs earlier.
So after that we took a walk around the building to find that the filming was commencing on the South Side. All those people on the right of the door are the fans. Gerry has very dedicated fans. They join the fanclubs, the webrings, they email each other, they call each other, it's a really nice social group. They even have conventions Once Gerard Butler even showed up at one of their Las Vegas conventions.
Finally a sighting F Gary Gray getting ready to film a scene inside the pavilion hallway . Does anyone have a question they want to ask Gerry when I see him. I do plan to see him soon.There's Jamie Foxx. Can Gerard be far behind. By the way, the filming is ahead of schedule and someone on the production team has told me they are wrapping up by 3/31/09.

But for me look how great the City looks, finally at 3:15AM the whole street was lit.
Later someone informed the crowd that Gerard had left and as he had no scenes that night. But this scene will be in the movie. It might have made more sense if they just got a clue and told the Gerry fans earlier. I mean really they knew who they were, and that they had come from all over the Northeast, so it's not a secret about the filming. Check out the fake police cars era 1998The next day I was shooting another super star Danny DeVito who was signing bottles of his new Limoncello liqueur at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Over 400 fans stood waiting to get their bottle signed. After taking this shot I checked my phone to see this text message "HUGHIE GERARD BUTLER IS SITTING IN THE WINDOW AT ROUGE, GET OVER HERE NOW." We'll try and delay him. Ok they didn't write that part - LOL I ran the 10 blocksBut when I got there he was gone:( My friends were still there the Sabrina's - Tamburino and Strickland, Lauren Beloff, Jill Braunstein and Steve Thorne. They filled me in on the goings on, he was there for about an hour (temps 65F so the streets were bustling.) I hear he had the cheese tray, told some great stories that my friends said were off the record so I can't tell you. He was eating with his stunt double, and he left about 3 minutes before I got there followed by a local reporter trying to get a future interview from him. A few of the girls in the crowd noted they thought the stunt double was very good looking and a foot taller than Gerry. Does he always use the same guy? One of my friends was standing next to him in the bathroom line, they did a teeth check for each other, and the choppers were clean and white.
Today my facebook page states this: Philly ChitChat I guess I should just assume Gerard and Jamie will go to G every Sat and not expect my friends to tip me off as they might be too tipsy.

because I got lots of this Sunday:
Haha no, we would fill you in..funny, I thought to myself "hmmm, maybe I should notify HughE that Carlton, Gerard and Jamie are here"...but then again I don't have your # and had no service (as they were in the Mogul Room) ..I'm sure they will be out next weekend..there seems to be a pattern..great seeing you.....can't wait to see the pics!

Then from another friend (Can some of you guess who this regular Gerry sighter is, on Friday a few asked about her): You missed Gerard and Jamie last night at g. I think I'm going to take them to authentic Korean BBQ....yummmmy

Another friend said: I thought you you would be over the LAC crew or I would have called you. (I told Dave I'm doing it for the fans now, because I am over the LAC filming, although I do love the accesibility which was unheard of with every other film shot here. I shoot them anyway, but always have a verbal fight or two with the PA's. In fact I met one the other night that recognized me from the Lauren Graham shoot. Hopefully in the future things will be more rosy. BTW the Lauren Graham movie filmed in Philly will be premiering Arlen Faber at the Phila Cinefest Festival on 3/30/09)

Sunday: I got a tip that Jamie Foxx went to Parc restaurant, but I was soo OFF today, well except for working on all the photos I took this past weekend.

OK GIRLS - 3 weeks left I promise you Gerard Butler fans I will get another photo and more info for you. Do you have a burning question for him that I can ask?

Check out ArthurKade , who forgot to tip me off to this sighting, feel free to leave him comments regarding that at for his conversation with Gerard Butler - G Lounge was off the hook, filled with celebs including Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, and Carlton from the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. We had tables reserved right next to Jamie’s because Denzel texted us that he was coming with Ross and his crew, but they never ended up showing so we chilled with Gerard, Jamie and Tim (Butler’s stunt man)


sharonn said...

Wonderful pictures as always HughE, your city is beautiful.

Swansong said...

You are such a doll for posting the pics and giving us Gerry fans a little insight into the making of LAC. Thanks so much for your upbeat stories. We really appreciate it. My question for Gerry is, "Are you having a good time shooting in Philly, and have you seen The Watchmen?"


Anonymous said...

There is a film festival in Santa Monica this coming weekend that some fans wondered if Gerry would show up to – his friend Ariel Vromen has a panel on Saturday plus Neveldine and Taylor(his Game directors) have a day dedicated to them Sunday. Wouldn’t expect him to leave Philly if still filming but hey I guess they maybe have the weekends off.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hugh when you say "next" Saturday are you referring to 14th or 21 March?. Keep up the good work, us Gerry fans live through your blogs. He appears to have had a great time in Philly and you appear to have enjoyed having him there.

Anonymous said...

I honestly have to say that I wish everyone would leave the man alone. I know he appreciates his fans and is always so accommodating to take pictures and talk to them, but I'm sure seeing the same faces over and over gets tiring for him. He's WORKING people. HughE, we all appreciate the effort you're putting forth, but I think your "friends" are bordering on stalking. I don't have a question for him; I want him to be able to do his job without obligation.

Anonymous said...

I tend to agree with the same "faces" being seen again and again. I appreciate some are just making the most of it as they may never get out of Philly but most are well known faces in Gerry's fanbase and travel extensively. The fact he has changed hotels 4 times as Hugh has stated says it all. I think it is one thing going to different events in different places with an acceptable time frame inbetween and getting a pic taken but to constantly show up in the same area where he is filming is another thing. It will soon become apparent he recognises you and will lead him to think "how many pics does that woman need"

I know Gerry is very gracious and considerate where his fans are concerned but some do push the extra mile.

Anonymous said...

umm, from HughE's friends... he was clearly NOT working on saturday having lunch at Rouge and I think he likes all of the attention he is getting here in Philly. He was very friendly and open for conversations with all and smiles for the camera :)

Anonymous said...

I for one am thrilled with your Gerry updates. This keeps those of us not in Philly able to keep up on happenings. My girlfriend and I(yes we are two middle-aged women who should be beyond this sort of behavior but . . . )are hoping to get a quick visit to Philly in the the next week or two. Hope Gerry's still around!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:
"how many pics does that woman need"

Which he has been witnessed to say to the 'frequent flyers', but with a polite/joking tone, probably in the hope of getting his point across without being rude, which unfortunatley seems to go right over their heads.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow--that group pic. My friend and I were with that group earlier in the day. Looks like we left for home way to soon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your coverage. I was there that night, and although there were a handful of fans, most of the people there were from the dorms along Broad Street. Plus everyone was very courteous to us and we obeyed them with whatever they said. I have been to shoots in NYC, and it's always mayhem.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates and your genial attitude toward the fans, HughE. (Not all of us are stalking nutjobs. LOL) You rock!

Anonymous said...

I adore Gerard Butler,and I love you, Hugh E. for giving us new information...I went to a prep school in Lititz eons ago, and we would go to Philly to buy clothes, back in the day. It's a wonderful city, and with Gerard there at this time..ahhhh. My question for the Breat Berard is:
Is there any food that you WON'T even try?
Thanks, Liz the Murakami Fan

Anonymous said...

I am also an "older" woman fan of Gerry's and would give anything to get a glimpse of him but I am also starting to feel that the poor guy is probably wishing at times that he could go back to the good old days when hardly anyone knew who he was. He could do his work and not be bombarded every move he makes. If you notice in a lot of his off the set shots he is never smiling anymore. That makes me sad.

Anonymous said...

Hugh, thanks for all the Gerry updates. We so appreciate it - with someone like Gerard Butler, any information is a real gift. I was in Philadelphia over March 1 - stayed at the Four Seasons and we fell in love with Philly. It would have been a perfect weekend if I could have seen Mr. B. I adore him beyond common sense. LOL

Anonymous said...

HughE, you are wonderful for thinking of us Gerry fans and feeding our hunger for all things Gerard Butler! He looks amazing as always! I think he loves meeting his fans, contrary to what some say. I have two questions for Gerry, one "is your next project filming Burns" and the other is "will you marry me" but I already know what the answer would be to that one so you don't have to ask it.


Anonymous said...

Great pics and thank u very much for sharing that :D
a lot of fans are wondering where´s his pug Lolita...´cause there were rumours that he gave her to his family.
would be great if u could ask him that.

Mae said...

HughE, would you ask Gerry if there is going to be a premiere for The Tales of the Black Freighter?


Nakoa said...

Hey Hugh! Thanks for all the up to date blogging about our man Gerry!
Anyway, I’m from Western Maryland and Seriously considering driving to Philly this weekend just to catch a glimpse of him (Gerry). Would you be willing to share some info about where this party is ??? If not let us know how Gerry celebrated St. Patty’s Day. When you see him give him a big kiss from Koa (thats me) wink!

HughE Dillon said...

Hi everyone,
Thanks for your comments, and for the the dozen emails that I received today. I have no idea if Gerry is really going to be there now that I have gotten an email from saying that his BFF is being honored in Calif. for films, so I don't want anyone making an unnecessary trip to Philly, unless you want to enjoy all of what Philly has to offer. For the person who wrote and said it's a three ring circus with fans around, or me even, I would dispute that. Have you been to NYC to see a film shot, now that's a zoo. The fans I have come across are respectful of the rules the film crew has laid down. The only problem the other night was a drunk student who wanted to fight security because he said his tax dollars were going to waste on the movie. I doubt the kids paid any taxes except on the liquor he bought.

Dotty said...

You are doing such a delightful job of covering the "Gerry" for those of us who are long time fans. Thank you! Having lived in SoCal most of my life, I've seen and met lots of movie "stars" including Gerry. And of all of them I've met through the years, Gerry has the most chrisma both on and off the screen. (Clooney is a close second) I spent a lot of time on sound stages during my own acting days. So it's not all that exciting for me. But for those who have never had a chance to watch a movie being filmed, I know it's both an interesting and exciting thing to do.
I'd love to ask Gerry when he will start filming "Burns" as I think he was born to play that role.

Anonymous said...

Please ask Gerard: Does he realize or clearly understand what he does to women who should know better?

Sally said...

Thank you for your posting on Gerry. I love hearing all the news and checking out the photos of him.

My question for Gerry is, "Is there any travel plans to Australia on the horizon as he has many fans Under Down that would love to meet him?"

Aussie Girl Sal

Anonymous said...

Hey Hugh, What happened to the First Amendement? You know, the one about 'freedom of speech'?? Where is the 'three ring circus' post? You refer to it, yet delete it so we can't read it?

celticwhisper said...

I'd be interested to know how he's enjoying producing his first film. In addition, does he have any inclination to try his hand at directing?

I think Gerry has a lot of talent and enjoy watching his films. It's so interesting to watch him go from one genre to another!

As to fans showing up, as long as they're aren't causing any disruptions to filming, it's probably not a huge issue. I'd encourage fans not to violate an actor's personal space. I think there can be a good balance if all parties are respectful of each others boundaries.

HughE Dillon said...

That three ring circus one must have been an email, you should see how many fans don't want to post but instead just email me. Of course I probably have their name now, which is more than I can say for annonymous free speech complainers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks HughE from one fan that just can't make it to Philly to get a glimpse of Gerry in the flesh...and also to the wary fans that think his space is being invaded...Once again, he is in the public's what he does.. If there were no fans there would be no Gerry there to make the movie! Not to say I think his personal time and space should be invaded but unfortunately when one is as popular as he is one becomes an idol and that's what fans are idolize their idol! At least I do and to wrap this up I am a good friend od one that has seen Gerry quite a few times and has had her picture taken with him a couple of times and quite frankly...I'm thrilled for her! Once again Hugh...keep up the good work and Thanks!

Anonymous said...

HughE-I really appreciate what you do for us who adore Gerry. My DH and I were there today coming back from Jersey, saw the trailers etc around city hall, saw Jamie Foxx cross the street right in from of our car, Mayor Nutter come out a little while later, but no Gerry. Found out he wasn't there today. Heard he will be there tomorrow arriving at 3 pm., and also Friday, do you know if that is true?
I work a lot of hours and cannot get there often, have never met Gerry, been a fan for over 3 years, crazy about him! just want to meet him or see him. Joy W.

Anonymous said...

Hugh, it was a blast meeting you Friday night. You are the consummate professional. I would love to ask Gerry, that as an actor who has done the gamut as far as genres are concerned: (rom-coms, family fare, musical, time travel, action adventure, graphic sci-fi, graphic novels, small indie films, psychological thriller), is there a particular theme that he enjoys doing most? He has experience in a variety of genres, and I would love to know his answer.

One of the Friday night fans.

Ezbee said...

Simply "Thank You" Hughe hugz Szx

Anonymous said...

Thank you HughE, appreciate it! :)

If the opportunity does arise . . .

1 - Someone is claiming to be him on Twitter, is it him or not? If not, does this concern him?

2 - Why not ask him - Will he be attending the Santa Monica film fest that Ariel is a guest at?

melaniebpueblo said...

Hi, I've enjoyed reading your blog. Not only for GB but the city itself. I feel the best way to enjoy a city is to experience it with someone who knows and loves it. You're definetly displaying Love for Philadelphia.

I agree with several other bloggers, some of the fans seem more like stalkers. Changing hotels 4 times?!?! Come on people, that should be a sanctuary. It's their, all the crew members, home away from home. These people may enjoy the limelight, but they are entitled to a life outside of their professions. Just because these actors have talent doesn't mean we're entitled to know everything about them.

Anonymous said...

Hugh. Please ask Gerri how he liked my Grandson A.J. Laquantano's acting with him in a certain part of Citizen. He was thrilled to get the part. I onley hope it don't wind up on the cutting room floor!
Thanks, AJ's Grandmom