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Action's over on movie set in Ann Arbor
Updated On: Aug 29, 2008

Action's over on movie set in Ann Arbor

Posted by Jo Mathis | The Ann Arbor News July 31, 2008 16:49PM

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Actor Michael Cera, left, and director Miguel Arteta looks toward Main Street after filming a scene from the movie, "Youth In Revolt" on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor Thursday.
It's a wrap.

And that's a little sad for Emily Wertanen, who says she'll miss spying on the action-packed motion picture being shot near her work site in downtown Ann Arbor.

"It's been a lot of fun to come up here and see how it's all done," said Wertanen, an art director at re:group, an ad agency at 213 W. Liberty, who had a good view from the roof of her building.

Filming for the movie "Youth in Revolt" starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Cera wrapped up Thursday after four days on West Liberty and First streets. The film is expected to be released later this year, said Andy Sleet, assistant location manager.

Once again, Ann Arbor police directed traffic away from several blocks of movie-making, and the Ann Arbor Fire Department was ready in case the burning car scenes got out of hand.

A curious crowd tried to get a better look through the barricades.
Jill Lemens of Ann Arbor pushed her 2-year-old son, Ewan, over to the area to see what they could.

"He likes the trucks," she said. "This is more for him than me."
Darrick Moss of Ann Arbor and Jonathan Hawkes of Detroit have spent a couple of hours each day of shooting watching the action.

"I've been taking pictures of it on my phone for my kids," Moss said.
Hawkes was disappointed on Wednesday when he arrived 15 minutes too late to see Cera, whom he remembers from the movie "Super Bad."

But Cera was on the set Thursday, and visible to Wertanen and a couple of journalists beside her on the roof.

Reporter Jo Collins Mathis can be reached at 734-994-6849 or jmathis@annarbornews.com.

In fact, she'd spent enough time there each day to have several members of the crew - and their job descriptions - figured out.

Aviva Woodward, a manager of the Fleetwood Diner up the street from the action, said business had increased a bit during the week.

"It was definitely up a little bit, especially every time that Michael whatever-his-name-is had to shoot a scene near the building," she said. "It worked out fabulously. Today he was coming around by the awning because he had to shoot a scene going back down the street.

So the entire place filled up with a bunch of people with cell phone cameras ordering French fries and cheeseburgers."

The actor stopped in for a bite at the Fleetwood Wednesday night, she said, adding that his waitress reported he was very pleasant.
Were there fans in the place at the time?

"I don't know," Woodward said, "but the cook got a picture with him. So I guess he's a fan."


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