If your commute to work in Vancouver is longer than usual, don't forget you can always blame it on Deadpool.
The Wolverine spinoff about the Marvel Comics anti-hero, starring Vancouver's Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, began shooting on the Georgia Viaduct on April 4 and will continue to shut it down periodically over the next two weeks.
Closures continue until April 18 and include:
- To April 16: Georgia Viaduct closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. After the road reopens at 3 p.m., there will remain a 100-metre section of the viaduct that will be limited to one lane.
- April 11: Georgia Viaduct closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- April 12, 17, and 18: the production has the option to use the viaduct on these days for contingency purposes
The Dunsmuir Viaduct won't be closed.
Alternate routes eastbound out of downtown include the Cambie Bridge or Hastings Street.
And the hometown boy thanked everyone for their patience.
The production will spend $37.5 million in Vancouver and hire more than 1,100 people, according to the City of Vancouver.
But, this being Vancouver, not everyone's excited that the shoot is taking place.
In addition to drivers who are unhappy about disrupted routes, some nearby residents complained (in a CTV News report) about filming continuing into the night and giant spotlights illuminating their apartments until 3 a.m.
Meanwhile, here's a video that captures some scenes from the film shoot with some familiar local scenery in the background: