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High-country Hollywood?

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs correspondent
A crew films a stagecoach in Marble for the upcoming movie, "The Prestige." (Courtesy Joe Llewellyn)
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A little magic recently made its way into Marble and Redstone.Last weekend, Touchstone Pictures was on location in the Crystal River Valley, south of Carbondale, shooting scenes for the film The Prestige. The $40-million movie, about turn-of-the-century rival magicians, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie, is set in London and Colorado Springs. The Colorado scenes were filmed at the Redstone Castle and along the road toward Marble on Friday and Saturday.There were a lot of electricians and carpenters probably about 110 people involved. It was a big deal in Marble. I went up there, said Joyce Illian, a clerk at the Redstone General Store, where many of the films crew came in daily for coffee breaks. They used the area near the Nordic Ski Center for the train station. And they used the castle as the hotel where one of the magicians who traveled to Colorado Springs was visiting for an experimental lab with Nikola Tesla, who was a rival of Thomas Edisons.Jackman was reportedly the only lead actor on location this weekend. Although he cant boast any celebrity spottings, Glenwood Springs resident Joe Llewellyn, who drove a dump truck filled with snow in case the set needed it, said he heard Jackman was filming.I was told he was there, and he was the second big actor in the movie, said Llewellyn, a Sunlight Mountain Resort ski patroller. We were going to haul snow if they needed snow, but it turned out they didnt even need any. They manufactured snow.Being on a movie set was the first Hollywood experience for Llewellyn.Id never seen a film guy on a boom filming like that from above before, said Llewellyn, who helped build the roads leading up to the coal mines in Redstone before retiring. They had a railroad car mounted on the back of the truck and they used that to show a train pulling away. They had a stage coach there, and they hauled horses all the way from California.Llewellyn worked all day during the film crews 12-hour shoot Saturday, waiting to deliver snow. He said he heard the footage shot would probably be brief.They said 45 seconds is all it would be in the movie, Llewellyn said. I also heard they had some black hats and black cats that they turned loose at the castle and filmed. A third-generation, lifelong resident of Glenwood, Llewellyn said he isnt the only member of his family to see the magic of Hollywood come to the area. When they were making The Great K&A Train Robbery, Tom Mix was here, he said. That was my moms era she got to see him. Films shot in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys2006: The Prestige2005: Mr. & Mrs. Smith1995: Tall Tale1995: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory1989: Flashback1988: Messenger of Death1982: PK and the Kid1980: A Change of Seasons1970: Vanishing Point1962: Pressure Point1926: The Great K&A Train Robbery1926: The Canyon of Light1909: The Great Bear Hunt1902: Runaway Stage Coach(Source: Glenwood Springs Film Commission)


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