And then, it was back on the bus as we drove to a more, civilized location – the infamous Pinewood Studios (like Universal Studios, but way more British). Our first stop was a tour of the costume closet – more like factory – with the movie’s costume designer Colleen Atwood. Just imagine the coolest fashion closet at your favorite magazine, but 8,000 times bigger and from 8 centuries earlier. You envision it? Ok. So we got to see everything in there from the tons of dresses Kristen would wear (there’s at least a dozen of each outfit, FYI), to the factory where Colleen’s peeps made 2,000+ costumes for all the extras. Wowza.
But then we head on over to tour the castle set and it was like we were in Lord of the Rings or something. The castle is Ravena’s, aka Charlize Theron’s, and the tour guide slash publicist slash cool British lady told us the castle took 6 months to build for the 2 weeks they filmed there.
Now it was to the “Black Woods” we went (Google it if you’re curious) where things got really exciting. Besides the fact that I was shivering and really wishing I had packed a ski suit in my suitcase, I didn’t even care because we got to stand on the sidelines as Kristen and Chris filmed a scene together. The scene involved them hanging upside down from a tree, and it was the one that you may have heard about when Kristen accidentally punched Chris in the face. Yes. I witnessed that first hand.
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