All summer there has been 1 question constantly asked by Fringe fans and even their marketing personnel. "Where is Peter Bishop?". It has had 4 incredibly popular & much talked about commercials (including the most recent that just came out yesterday). Its spawned hashtags on twitter #whereispeter and #whereispeterbishop and all in all, it has been the central topic of discussion amongst casual and avid Fringe fans.
Yesterday I went to the set of Fringe for the 2nd day in a row. I wasnt going there with any type of big plans. Just see a bit more filming, maybe take a few more pics to fill out the blog that I posted before this 1 and perhaps get John Noble to sign.
My entire purpose for being there changed however later in the evening when a Ford Flex pulled up at the set and dropped off a cast member that no one, including the crew had seen yet this season... JOSHUA JACKSON!
The man who plays the much talked about Peter Bishop character had not filmed a second of Season 4 prior to his arrival. The crew greeted him as if he was their long lost best friend they hadnt seen in 6 years. Hugs & handshakes everywhere. Josh then acknowledged the fans who had encroached in to the side of the street they were all on and said to us that he would come over to see us in "1/2 an hour". He then proceeded to go into the building they were filming in & start singing "Happy Birthday to you" to someone.
At the time, I wondered if he was here just to say Happy Birthday to someone since all we had been told by crew & websites was that Josh's character, Peter Bishop, who you fans recall was "killed off" at the end of season 3 in a storyline that rocked the Fringe fans, was not expected back till late September to film.
About 15 minutes later Josh came out & walked over to the crowd of 10-15 fans across the street. Most who were from around the globe including the U.K, Australia, Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere. He gave out photos with, signed autographs, and assured those of us there that he was in fact, filming scenes today. I asked him "so when do you get back to work on this show?" he replied "right now". I asked him if he wanted to give us any spoilers, which was greeted with a smart ass "you're joking, right?' look.
Josh spent 10-15 minutes with the fans. He recalled in fairly vivid detail meeting 1 fan who was meeting him for her 2nd time. She said to him "you dont remember me" and then Josh recalled their last encounter to a near word for word tee...even though it had been a year or 2 prior. She was impressed, and Josh had this look of "how good is that eh?" as the group marveled at his memory. Eventually the crew told him he had to go...afterall, he DID have work he was there for. He then joked "1st day back to work and I'm already late". Then he went off to film his 1st scenes of season 4.
A little later we noticed Josh & John Noble walking around from a corner, they stopped to chat to a couple women, and the pair of actors took the time to play around with the 1 ladies dog. John kept making reference to how he was going to have to get his make up re-done because the dog kept licking him, while Joshua listened to the woman closely while she pitched a charity event that was coming up the next month which is taking place here in Vancouver with a list of TV stars already confirmed to shopw up for it.
The interest thing we noticed about Josh, was the tags he was wearing all over his shirt. I counted at least 5 of them, perhaps there was more. The suggestion amongst the group is they are motion sensor tags, like what you see when sports video games try to capture players real life movements. This lead to speculation on what Josh's scene really could be. Was he actually there, or just a vision? Guess we all will have to wait to find out.
Earlier in the day Anna Torv was also seen on set. But I never saw her while I was there. It was suggested she was inside filming, but we never saw confirmation of it as we never saw her come in or leave in the time I was there.
Fringe season 4 is currently shooting episode 4. The season starts Friday September 23rd on FOX.
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