Friday, August 8, 2008

Pittsburgh = Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

As reported in USA Today, Director John Hillcoat has selected Pittsburgh as the setting for substantial portions of The Road, the movie based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer prize-winning, post-apocalyptic novel. Hillcoat explains, “[Pittsburgh] can be very bleak. There are city blocks that are abandoned. The woods can be brutal. We didn't want to go the CGI world …. We wanted the heightened reality in the book." Actor Viggo Mortensen agrees, "It's tangible, the misery and hopelessness and the bleakness."

Sounds like a great city.

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