Friday, October 16, 2009

FAN ENCOUNTER: Fan Hangs with the Cast & Crew of Channing Tatum's 'The Eagle of the Ninth'

Filming began on Channing Tatum's Roman drama 'Eagle of the Ninth' in Hungary on August 24th and moved to Scotland a few weeks ago.

Ted from the fan site All Things Foe recently posted an exclusive report with photos from a fan named Julie who lives in the area where 'Eagle' is filming. You can read all about her encounter at the set and at a dance (called a Ceilidh) the town held for the cast and crew (including both Chan and his wife Jenna Dewan) below...

"On Saturday, 10th October, we decided to walk up to Fox Point to look at the set. The weather was great when we had left home and was still dry as we walked up the hill. Due to filming we had to wait for a while and once the all terrain vehicles started to move we were able to continue towards the set.

We met a really friendly guy near to the set and we spoke to him for sometime – he was telling us about how they were in Hungary for 6 weeks and how things were going here etc and told us to go and look into the huts, wander around the “village”etc and not to worry that if we were in the way, we would be asked to move. Having introduced himself as Duncan, asking our names as well, I asked if he would be going to the ceilidh at night. He was and we met him there and he spoke to us by name which I thought was really good. Only later did I find out that he was infact Duncan Kenworthy, the producer.

The set was so impressive – however getting across the boggy tracks was not at all easy, especially as I am a bog magnet and usually end up falling in them. We had seen some photos of the huts and were totally amazed at how realistic the fiber glass stones were – an amazing amount of work must have gone into it and the colors were incredible!

The costumes for the extras are fantastic and it was great fun looking beyond the green paint to see who we recognized!

As the weather was so bad by now – rain, rain and more rain we weren’t sure if we would just head back down the hill but noticed they were filming at ground level. 2 of the extras were walking past the black horse and the camera man was filming their legs through the horses legs!

The next bit to be filmed was Channing scraping a sealskin outside a hut so bark chippings had to be laid and covered with bracken as the ground was so wet. Then with everything about ready and Channing called the weather changed so they decided to do a close up of Channing with the horses.

By now we were well and truly soaked so headed off back down the hill. We had spoken to quite a few people involved in the filming and they were all really courteous and looking forward to the ceilidh...

The ceilidh was by far one of the best we have ever had in our community hall. Despite having taken 2 hours to get off the hill a great number of people came along – including some extras who were staying in Ullapool and had never been to a ceilidh before.

Jamie, Channing and his wife all came along and appeared to be really enjoying themselves...I had gone into the lounge to tidy the tea things and [Jamie] was there jamming away with a local guy and they were singing away (can’t remember the song) and Jamie was playing one of the kid’s guitars.

Both Channing and Jamie were really good about signing autographs and having their photos taken with people. Due to the problems with my camera I didn’t get any.

The music for the evening was varied but brilliant. So many of the kids were involved – guitars, bagipes, accordians and whistles. The Coigach singers did a few songs, lot of piping and a tremendous amount of dancing. It was great as we had our very own “Dancing with the Stars”...

At the end of the night we finished in true highland style with Auld Lang Syne and I hope that the memory and atmosphere of the night stays with everyone for a long time."

'The Eagle of the Ninth' is based on the best-selling, classic 1954 teen novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, and is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain.

In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Channing) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth.

Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Donald Sutherland portrays Marcus' uncle Aquila, who has retired in Britain; Mark Strong is cast as Guern, an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth.

The sets in Scotland are being used to represent everything north of Hadrian's Wall, while the Hungary locations are a stand-in for everything south of the Wall in the film.

'The Eagle of the Ninth' is scheduled to hit theaters some time in 2010!!!

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