Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Final reel in Brad blockbuster

Brad Pitt waves as he leaves the set of World War Z near George Square, Glasgow

Brad Pitt fever is set to abate in Scotland's biggest city as the filming of blockbuster movie World War Z ends.

Part of Glasgow doubled as Philadelphia for the two week shoot of the zombie film, in which the Hollywood actor stars.

Its producer Jeremy Kleiner said the filming had been "very successful" and thanked Glaswegians for being "incredibly welcoming".

A cast and crew of around 1,200 were involved in the shoot which was centred in the Merchant City area, where various car crashes were staged.

On some days actors dressed as soldiers could be seen standing next to military vehicles, as camera crew filmed crowds fleeing in terror.

Fans were out in force hoping for a glimpse of Pitt, and regularly gathered at barriers placed at the entrance to the set.

Mr Kleiner said: "We filmed some key scenes for World War Z here in Glasgow.

"The co-operation we had from the Glasgow Film Office and indeed from across the city council made it all possible, and the people of Glasgow were incredibly welcoming. It's been a very successful shoot here."

It is estimated that the impact on the local economy was around £2 million. Filming also took place in Grangemouth.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The past fortnight has been memorable for Glasgow. Our great anticipation of what World War Z would bring to the city was matched by the amazing transformation of George Square and the surrounding streets into the centre of Philadelphia."

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