Had a sort of way-cool experience the other night, and figured it made for good blog fodder…
My lil’ sis, (Prof) X and I, spontaneously decided to go stalk/gawk some of the filming that’s being done for the upcoming Avengers film, that’s actually happening somewhat nearby our lovely midwest hellhole. We figured we’d just go see what we could see, especially since X is madly in love with the bloke who plays Loki, Tom Hiddleston. She was hoping the Tarot cards were correct, and we’d have some sort of insane celeb encounter, but my expectations were way lower.
This was a week of night shoots happening from 6pm – 6am, so we had to perform this stake-out in the middle of the night, although we knew that several major cast members were going to be there. We arrived to see about 30-50 people milling around the caution tape, hoping for a glimpse. Some sort of scene with a couple hundred extras trying to flee from an opera house was being filmed, surrounding a beer garden in “Germany” (all the road signs were redone in German and the cars sitting around were European-ized).
We did get to see the actual Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Loki battling every time “Action” was yelled over a loudspeaker (which was fucking cool to hear in person, like on a FOR REALSIES, REAL, GINORMOUS, SUMMER, HOLLYWOOD MOTION PICTURE). We were kind of geeking out. These glimpses did not come easy mind you, about 15 of us were stuffed into an RTA booth wielding binoculars and cameras, just waiting for anything cool to happen.
At one point, a small group of Bieber look-alikes wandered by and some production person came out, gave them all bracelets, and they got to go into the trenches. After about a half hour they came out, and explained that one of the boys was the nephew of the chief of police, so it was arranged that they could visit the set. They informed us that not only were the three superheros in there, so was ScarJo herself, although we never caught a glimpse of her.
Around 12:30 am, Chris Evans left the set, and we were standing about 30 feet from where vehicles were entering and exiting, so the few of us there waved to him and he sheepishly waved back – he seemed kind of introverted. Or maybe he thought we were all stupid. Around 1 am, I notice Loki walking toward the SUVs, with a few assistants around him, also in full costume. My sis begins jumping up and down, and he noticed and laughed and waved. As his vehicle drove by, he rolled down the window and leaned out and yelled back. It was quite fun, especially since we kind of figure the reason he did that was because she was so excited – the rest of us were just standing around. As he drove away, Lil’ Professor X was so happy and thrilled, she might as well have been on crack.
What makes this whole story a billion times cooler? (Or lame, depending on your opinion) We wake up the next morning to find the video of what happened on YouTube! Unbeknownst to us, a few guys nearby were filming (with a damn fine camera, I might add) and caught the whole thing. You can’t see us, but you can hear the sis professing her love, and I’m the nerd who says “Thomas Hiddleston” (in answer to some other random strangers asking us if we even knew his real name). Said video (shown above) has wound up on some other sites, and has been reblogged, gif’ed, and screencapped to the high heavens, due to the ginormous internet female fanbase that Hiddleston inspires, the “Hiddlestoners.” Hell, a cast member even tweeted one such gif. Man, I flipping love pop culture, and the internet. What a bizarre world we inhabit.
X’s story of her most magical night, in her own cuckoo words: http://strobe.tumblr.com/post/9414152493