By Kevin Kelley
Producers put the word out that no prominent actors would be onsite when scenes from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” were filmed Friday on the Lorain Road bridge between Cleveland and Fairview Park.
But that turned out not to be the case.
Actor Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America, not only was on the set but twice approached fans watching at the west end of the bridge to sign autographs. Young girls screamed as he came toward them, pushing forward anything at hand for him to sign. One girl got him to sign her backpack; another had him sign her cellphone.
Evans’ interaction with fans, at about 3 and 7 p.m., was brief each time. Filming consisted largely of a motorcycle, driven by either Evans or a stuntman, repeatedly crossing the bridge as a truck with an extended camera followed.
Friday’s filming on the Lorain Road bridge apparently did not cause any of the traffic headaches the movie project caused by closing the Shoreway for two weeks earlier this month.
The bridge was closed for nearly the entire day Friday. But detours motorists were forced to take resulted in only minor tie-ups, Fairview Park Police Chief Patrick Nealon said.
“I did not get any negative feedback at all on anything,” Nealon told West Life.
Although the bridge was closed, emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, were permitted to cross due to the location of Fairview Hospital at the span’s east end. About six emergency vehicles crossed during Friday’s filming, Nealon said.
“I think it went a little bit better than expected,” the police chief said of the bridge closure.
Nealon’s department had officers stationed at the Fairview Park end of the bridge and along a preferred detour, down Wooster Road into the Cleveland Metroparks, onto Valley Parkway and up to Cleveland on Old Lorain Road.
Marvel Studios, the film’s producers, will reimburse the city for extra personnel costs related to traffic control, Nealon said.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is expected to be released in movie theaters in April 2014.