Now this is a New York thing....and possibly a Toronto and L.A. thing as well, depending where in those cities you live and run...but I can pretty well guarantee that you suburbian runners don't have to deal with this too often: movie shoots getting in the way of your preferred running path. Most of the time it's not such a terrible inconvenience. The Central Park bridle path is apparently a popular place to shoot movies, as is the reservoir path itself. Dustin Hoffman's Marathon Man is the only movie that immediately comes to mind where I've seen the path in a scene, but it's definitely a memorable one. There's usually some underpaid production assistant with a giant walkie-talkie and an even bigger chip on his shoulder standing guard in the middle of the path.
"You can't go through here."
"Oh. What's being filmed?"
"Yeah, the big cameras and light reflectors clued me into that one."
"Anyway, you can't be here. You have to go around."
Usually it's not that big a detour, but we're runners. Wouldn't we just fit in as part of the NYC scenery if they did let us through?
Of course, there always is a little temptation to stop and stretch that pesky ITB in hopes of getting a look see at someone famous. The last film set I saw was right in front of the Dakota apartment building while I was running with my boyfriend. He thought it was funny to say softly, "Look, there's Brad Pitt!", which I thought was dorky, but I have to admit, it was kind of amusing to see everyone around us kind of perk up to see.
I know we New Yorkers are supposed to be all jaded and unimpressed by celebrity, but still, it kinda is one of the cool things about living here that you get to see famous people now and again. And I do actually see them on occasion...for a while I was half convinced that Ethan Hawke was stalking me, I saw him so many times...but never have I seen anyone vaguely recognizable while running past a film shoot. Closest I came was seeing a director's chair with Kenneth Lonergan's name on it. According to imdb, he's working on a movie called Margaret with Anna Paquin and Matt Damon. If I end up seeing it once it comes out, I'll have to remember to look for the scene on my running path.
photo credit: Catherine K. Whyte / Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting