DEAD BAD: Dramatic scenes unfold on Glasgow's streets yesterday and, left, some of the zombies. Pictures: Andrew Milligan, Colin Templeton and Jamie Simpson
It catapulted a policeman into the air and left his mangled body resting on top of a car, as bystanders fled. And then someone yelled “cut!”
The first major action sequence of Brad Pitt’s zombie movie World War Z was filmed yesterday giving the first real sign of the scale of the film being made in the centre of Glasgow.
Spectacular footage of the stunt can be seen on The Herald’s website, heraldscotland.com, along with footage of the Hollywood star chatting with other cast members.
But if you are planning to rush to Glasgow this weekend on the off-chance of seeing another crash or even Pitt, be warned – George Square will be closed to traffic this Sunday and the next as filming goes on.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman warned last night: “There will be very limited opportunities to watch filming.
“In addition, people who do come to the square may be asked to move on or stop by stewards to allow filming to take place.”
The film has undoubtedly brought a buzz to the city’s streets, with hundreds of people craning their necks and wielding camera phones to get their own piece of the action.
The excitable mood can also be detected on the film set itself, according to one extra.
“A lot of people are really excited because it’s a big Hollywood film and that’s keeping everyone’s energy up,” the extra, who did not want to be named, told The Herald yesterday.
“And Brad’s kicking about. A lot of the crew speak very highly of him and say he’s such a nice guy. He talked to some girls and they just melted.”
As for the film itself, don’t expect many laughs. “Because it’s zombies you think it’s going to be this comic-book type of thing,” the extra explained. “I have a feeling that it’s going to have more of a dark tone.”
In George Square yesterday, the crowds were hoping, in vain as it happened, for a glimpse of Pitt who it later emerged was not required on the set.
“I’d just like to see him have a square go with a zombie,” said one man.
Normally it’s closing time before Glasgow’s streets fill with shambling, dead-eyed creatures, but yesterday gave the first glimpse of the film’s zombies.
Commenting on pictures of them, Glasgow University zombie expert Dr Austin, aka comic Austin Lowe, said: “A lack of human personality makes them care less about their appearance. That jumper is definitely last season.”