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Was traffic stopped on Eastwood Road for ‘Iron Man 3′ filming?

Cassie Foss
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Q. Why was traffic stopped on Eastwood Rd. between Racine Drive and Mayfaire last week for long periods of time by “Public Safety” officers and cars with flashing lights? No one was let out or let off the road during the period and it has happened several more times. Word is “Iron Man 3″ started filming there off Eastwood. Is this true?

A. No, it’s not “Iron Man 3.” At least not yet anyway. Marvel filmmakers aren’t expected to start shooting the project until May.

Instead, area residents likely were stopped because of traffic control at St. Mark Catholic School.

The school, which has about 400 students, hired a Raleigh company to help provide traffic control a few years ago after parents who drove to pick up students began to have increasingly difficult time pulling out of the parking lot onto Eastwood Road, said Frank DeMonte, the St. Mark’s finance manager.

The security officer typically directs traffic at Eastwood every weekday from about 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and after Masses let out at about 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Sundays, De Monte said.

“It’s very difficult for people to turn left onto Eastwood, especially at 3 in the afternoon when school lets out,” he said. “It’s been going on for a while.”

On the other hand, area residents who spotted movie crews in the area may have seen production officials with “The Occult.”

The movie kicked off filming in the region the week of March 20 and is expected wrap at the end of April, according to Blaise Noto, a publicist for the movie.

From about 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 19 and 20, cast and crew members were slated to shoot scenes in a wooded area near Autumn Hall Lake, which is near 1202 Eastwood Road, according to a City of Wilmington filming permit.

Four cast members and about 75 crew members were expected to participate in the Autumn Hall shoots, the permit said.

Equipment, catering trucks, and crew members’ vehicles were likely parked at a lot at the intersection of Eastwood and Rogersville roads.

According to the permit, the shoots did not require any traffic-control measures nor road closures, so motorists probably weren’t stopped because of filming.

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2 Responses to “ Was traffic stopped on Eastwood Road for ‘Iron Man 3′ filming?”

  1. On April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm Rauri wrote:

    Can I hire the same private security firm to stop traffic on a public road so I can pull out of my drive when it’s busy?

  2. On April 6, 2012 at 11:29 am sure wrote:

    Sure you can poster… Just apply through the city for a temporary permit.. Then try to drive a convoy of large convoy of tractor trailers onto eastwood road and also get permits through the City Police Department. Once that is done you can stop traffic just like those guys from the film industry.



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