On Tuesday a huge TV crew were at the junction filming scenes for a new Channel 10 series called The Wrong Girl starring Jessica Marais. They needed someone qualified to wrangle the escalators so I spent an hour and a half pushing the stop button every time the location man tapped me on the shoulder.
The patience of film people! They did the same 20 seconds of scene half a dozen times with the stunt double, a couple of times with the actress, and then they did it all again from a different vantage point. They had to stop, and I had to restart the escalators, every time a train came in. I never realized how many trains come in on Platform 1 before.
The customers were startled to reach the top of the escalators and find a middle-aged Metro employee hiding cross legged behind the railing, but my knees are shot and it was much easier to risk being trampled than get up and down. The film crew were lovely. They kept offering me cushions to sit on and bringing me tea.
Of course I forgot to take a picture but luckily someone going past in a train did and you can see Jessica Marais and her stunt double behind the extra in the purple top.
The location man assured me that my big moment was a pivotal scene and wouldn’t wind up on the cutting room floor. When you see the escalator stop, you won’t see me, but you’ll know I’m there pressing that button! Watch out Jessica Marais! I’m on my way and I’ve got stars in my eyes.!!! 🙂