Some leftover photos of the Arrow cast from season 1 and 2. Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Paul Blackthorne, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett and even Seth Gabel.
Over the 1st two seasons of "Arrow" (on the CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada) I have managed to catch up to the cast quite a few times, in quite a few scenarios. On set, airports, hotels, even a couple cast get togethers. As a whole, the cast has been pretty great with the regulars in town.
I have also gained quite a few photos from those encounters from times that I just, for whatever reasons, never blogged about. They somehow fell thru the cracks of larger posts at the time, or simply I didn't feel there was enough to do a post on at the time.... so here they are. My unseen pics of the past 2 years.
Firstly, the star of the show. Stephen Amell.
This past season I ran into him quite a few times, seemed for awhile he was at every location I ever went to. So these off set interactions with him might have fallen by the wayside easily enough from late this past season.
Each time, he stopped for me and the others there, and happily signed for us. Hes been a class act here, glad they cast someone who was not just physically capable of the role, but also a good guy with the public off set.
Also, if you don't already... you really should follow his Facebook Page, he is easily 1 of the more engaging & entertaining celeb son FB, and his memes he re-posts from the public are usually pretty good. Hes honestly 1 of the very few things I even go on facebook to see anymore.
Below are pics from an encounter during "Family Day" (a fake holiday B.C. invented for an extra weekend off) & 1 pic from running into him at the end of the season... as well as the WORST photo with ever (my fault...didn't gtell the guard something my camera was going to do) that I got on the set the night they filmed the tunnel scene for the finale. I am definitely gonna have to get that re-done in season 3.
Stephen Amell Official twitter profile
In season 1, I found the Arrow set just a couple blocks from my house. UNFORTUNATELY, it was 1 of the hardest rains I can ever remember me enduring at a set and was all in doors. But I was determined since I really wanted to see the man who would play Count Vertigo, again, Seth Gabel.
I had met Seth many times on the set of another show he did here "Fringe" (a couple of these pics are from then btw... I just had never used them so thought, may as well now).
I caught up with Seth, and he had 2 out of country fans there to meet him too. He stopped even in the torrential downpour to talk to them, and signed for me & my buddy. I joked with him how less than a block away was 1 of the last places I saw him when he filmed Fringe. He told me he remembered it and when he was coming into work that day he passed it & instantly remembered what he shot there.
An added bonus that day was my 1st ever time seeing Detective Quentin Lance in person, Paul Blackthorne nearly snuck by me because I was looking the other way...but I caught him just long enough to snap off 1 pic. he then signed a couple autographs for my buddy across the street. Since then, I have seen Paul many times. Always been a great guy. Nowhere near as abrasive as Quentin is.
Seth Gabel Official Twitter Profile
Paul Blackthorne Official Facebook page
Paul Blackthorne Official Twitter profile
When Arrow originally cast the pilot of the show, they probably had not even thought of who would play Felicity Smoak. Little did they know a year later she would be the most popular female character on the show & essentially the lead female on the show.
Emily Bett Rickards got cast in the role that is now a staple of every episode. I've caught up with her many times, and shes always been really friendly with us.
Here is 1 such encounter from last May 2013 that I never managed to find time to post.
Emily Bett Rickards Official Twitter Profile
In season 2, the writers of Arrow decided to bring back the Sara Lance character.
However, they wanted someone with a background that was capable of doing physically challenging scenes. So they re-cast her.
In came relative unknown Caity Lotz. The woman who would eventually become "The Canary" (writers clearly wanting to keep the BLACK Canary title for the person they said was going to be it) became a mainstay throughout the season. I managed to catch up to her a few times early on, including this encounter as she was leaving town for Christmas break.
Caity Lotz Official Twitter Profile
In the final week of filming, I managed to catch up to 2 Arrow baddies.
1st up was the man who plays the seemingly unkillable Malcolm Merlyn. John Barrowman arrived in Vancouver to shoot his finale scenes, and I managed to get him at the airport. In true John Barrowman fashion, he gave me a couple wild poses as he came out the door to go to his vehicle. Hes always looking to leave a lasting impression on the fans.
The next day, I caught up to Deathstroke. Manu Bennett did a TV interview to promote an event he was going to be at.
I managed to catch up to Slade Wilson on his way out of the interview, and he happily signed for me, as well, told me quite candidly that it might be quite awhile, if ever, before we see Slade/Deathstroke again as nothing was guaranteed for his return in season 3. I told him the writers always find a way to bring people back, he seemed less certain.
Fingers crossed the Arrow writers find a reason to have him back sooner, rather than later.
John Barrowman Official Facebook page
John Barrowman Official Twitter profile
Manu Bennett Official Facebook Page
Manu Bennett Official Twitter profile
IF I don't get too sidetracked (which happens often unfortunately) I might write my review & opinions on season 2 of Arrow in my new TV episodes, seasons & series review blog I made (so far only has 1 whole entry...kinda slacked off on that). So you can possibly see that soon.
Arrow will start filming season 3 in Vancouver in July.
Arrow Official Facebook Page
Arrow Official Twitter Profile
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 22 OF SEASON 2 OF ARROW TITLED "STREETS OF FIRE".
If you do not want to see or read anything about the episode prior to seeing it, please do not read the article or view the photos.
Been awhile since I had caught up with any of Arrow's guest stars. Seen a few sets with the regulars, but not till I caught up to Jessica de Gouw a couple months ago, I had not seen any of the guest stars in awhile.
Since then however, its been a constant flow of the guest stars I have caught up to. First was Bex Taylor-Klaus, for the episode "Seeing Red", and now Kevin Alejandro & John Barrowman.
The pair were in town shooting scenes for the Arrow season 2 penultimate episode titled "Streets Of Fire".
First I caught up to Brother Sebatsian Blood in Burnaby at their non-studio studio in South Burnaby. I also saw Paul Blackthorne that day, as well as some stunt doubles. But the only cast member I had a chance to interact with was Alejandro. He wasnt there long, telling me he was only there to film 1 day. So his role in episode 22 is probably limited to a couple scenes. In these scenes he was dressed as Sebastian Blood, and not Brother Blood. Though that doesnt mean he could not have shot some scenes as his masked version. This would be the 1st time I would catch up to Kevin since October on the set of "Three Ghosts".
A few days later, I found Arrow signs downtown & did the bread trail follow till I found their site inside the Vancouver Greyhound & train station. There I found John Barrowman dressed up as his Malcolm Merlyn alter ego Dark Archer. Barrowman was his typical personable self, making faces for my camera. However, the crew asked me to leave after the rehearsals, so I never got to shoot any of the scene with Barrowman in full Dark Archer garb that also included Willa Holland. All I could tell from the rehearsal was Dark Archer shows up while people are panicking & running around the train station. He then pulls his bow out & aims it at something/someone.
This was the 1st time I caught up to John on set since last season.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW in The U.S. & on CTV in Canada.
THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 17 OF SEASON 2 Of "ARROW". If you do not want to see/read any spoilers prior to the episode. Please do not read the article or view the photos below.
A very cold early February night, I caught the cast of Arrow filming scenes for episode 17 of season 2, "Birds Of Prey" on Homer Street. Both interior & exterior shoots were done, including scenes in a court room & outside in a courtyard upstairs that I couldnt see in the early part of the day.
As night time came, they moved to outside to shoot in the -4C chilly Vancouver air.
They did a scene in an alley that I was unable to see because of all the crew huddled around that I THINK consisted of Caity Lotz and Stephen Amell, both in their alter ego attires. Interestingly, as open as Degouw was about letting me photograph her in her mask, Caity was the exact opposite,
The 1st scene was 1 of Oliver walking up to a gaggle of cops, special forces personnel out on the street in front of the "Starling City Courthouse". Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance was also in the scene. Because of the terrible vantage point for the scene, I never could see much of what it entailed, just that Oliver is on the phone & walks around a police cruiser.
The 2nd scene after that I saw was with 2 ladies that you never expected to probably be sharing a scene. Jessica DeGouw, who I saw earlier in the day in her Huntress uniform & even posed for a photo in her mask had traded it in for a cop uniform. She was forcibly escorting Katie Cassidy (Laurel) at gunpoint out of my view in the scene, pressumably into a police cruiser, or away from the crowd of cops who seemed oblivious to this going on.
I also saw Caity Lotz on set this day in her Black Canary mask but she didn't want to be photographed in it, so I didn't....so its going to be a masktravaganza episode it seems.
I managed to get autographs on this day from Stephen, Katie, Caity & Jessica. I think that's a season 2 record for people I got on an Arrow set.
Arrow is airing new episodes every Wednesday on the CW in the U.S. & CTV in Canada.
Birds Of Prey episode is currently scheduled to air March 26th, 2014.
Arrow shoots some scenes for their season 2 mid-season finale "Three Ghosts" with Kevin Alejandro, Roger cross, Paul Blackthorne, David Ramsey & the stunt team in October.
A couple months ago, I caught Arrow filming near my house (its actually been happening A LOT this season).
On this particular day, they were filming scenes in 4 spots throughout the day for episode 209 "Three Ghosts", the mid-season finale.
A garage across the street that was all tented up to keep the light out was used for some scenes that included some Starling City PD. Roger Cross & Paul Blackthorne did scenes in there with several other Officers. This was of course the scene we now know as where Lucas Hilton is killed.
Meanwhile, across the street they had scenes shooting with Kevin Alejandro & a bunch of people inside the Chapel Arts building.
Later in the evening, they shot scenes in front of the Patricia Hotel with David Ramsey walking into the hotel to talk to a desk clerk while Stephen Amell's character (played by his stunt double Simon Burnett in these takes) sat in the car.
Later, a scene at the back end of the hotel had Diggle (played by his stunt double Sylvesta Stuart) jumping off outside stairs onto the ground. I caught a few of the practice takes earlier in the day, but by night time, there was too much equipment in the way & lighting was so bad that I didnt get any shots of the actual stunts.
Arrow airs every Wednesday on The CW in the U.S. & CTV in Canada as part of their AmellWednesdays with The Tomorrow People.
Arrow films scene for episode 2x05 "League Of Assassins" with Caity Lotz & Paul Blackthorne - where Sara reveals to Quentin shes alive
Here is a video of Caity Lotz & Paul Blackthorne shooting the scene from episode 205 "League Of Assassins" where Sara lets her father Quentin Lance, know she is still alive.
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS MINOR & MAJOR SPOILERS FOR "ARROW" EPISODE 205. If you do not want to know anything prior to the episode airing, do not read the article or view the photos below.
A couple months ago I photographed "The Black Canary" on set. At the time, I had no clue who it was. As it turned out, it was the stunt double for the recently cast new Sarah Lance (who btw looks NOTHING like Jacqueline Macinnes Wood.. the original Sarah Lance), Caity Lotz.
Finally, on a late end of August night, I saw Caity Lotz in person filming... and what a scene I stumbled onto. On this particular night, I managed to find Ms. Lotz filming scenes with Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance, Sarahs father). The scene? Sarah lets her father know shes alive!
It took place on a quiet street in the Downtown Eastside mere feet from where I saw Supernatural filming scenes a few weeks earlier. This time, as Starling City. A scene for episode 205 titled "League Of Assassins" the scene has Quentin walking to his car, seeming pleased with himself over something, till he realizes someones coming up behind him. He slyly slides his gun out & quickly turns around, gun drawn & points it at the person. As the mysterious person comes from the dark street into view, the shocked Quentin Lance sees a face that he cant & immediately, doesn't believe. Its his daughter, Sarah. She motions to him & closes in on him, eventually getting close enough to put her hand on his gun & push his hand down. After Quentin accepts who it is, a large emotion filled hug takes place between the two, and you can hear Quentin mutter "your mother was right".
A little later, another set of scenes was done. This time, Caity was off for the rest of the night. It was now Felicty Smoak doing scenes with Quentin Lance, as Emily Bett Rickards showed up to film scenes. Emily & Paul did scenes where Felicity stands on a street corner waiting for Quentin to return home from a shift. As he approaches, she rushes up to him & eagerly tries to get his attention about a matter that she says has his life in jeopardy. I couldn't hear all the details, but she brings up Malcolm Merlyn in the conversation. It ends with Quentin closing the door on Ms. Smoak & her speaking at him thru the door "so I guess you aren't leaving town?". What can the mysterious trouble for Quentin be?
I saw some details for their next day of work, and I can say... its either confusing me to no end, or really interesting how they are playing it. All I will say is, it includes Oliver & Sarah at the Queen Mansion being attacked by... someone (not gonna say who) & the scene takes place prior to the scene where Sarah talks to her dad photographed below.
Apologies to anyone who feels ripped off that these FREE photos are sometimes grainy/blurry. I do this with a $500 camera, not a $5000 camera remember.
Arrow returns on The CW for season 2, October 9, 2013.
The Hood & his posse are BACK!
Filming got under way last week for season 2 of the hit Rookie action drama "Arrow". I caught up to them in an area used by many shows over the years near the Hastings Street overpass in East Vancouver.
The area, which is often popular with film crews because of its ghetto, living under a bridge feel was this time home to part of "The Glades".
After "failing the city" I find Oliver, his sidekick John Diggle & his lovestruck techie Felicity Smoak rolling thru the glades in 1 of Olivers cars.
There was not much to the scene & I am sure the purpose was more to show the devastation the man made earthquake that Malcolm Merlyn concocted did, than anything they were doing in the car.
After that scene, they went to lunch. I managed to get Stephen & David to sign some autographs on their way to lunch, but missed Emily sadly. Stephen seemed excited for this upcoming season, while David seemed more cautiously optimistic. Most shows seem to suffer "sophomore slumps" and David might be thinking cautiously for that reason. But lets face it, even if Arrow does have a slump, it will still be one of the CW networks top shows.
There was a LOT of work done by the art crew of the show to prep this area for the scene. Individual posters, even more specifically, individual messages were written out & posted all over the place. I always am amazed at the detail shows will put into things like this since we all know come the final cut, little to none of it will even make it to the camera & even less will get seen clearly enough to make out the details of it. I've posted a bunch of the photos of these pieces of work that someone put their time into making, up in this post, simply because someone should recognize them for their work.
There was a lot of messages on these pieces of work. Most common ones were "Remember the 503" which will surely be a common message early in the season, as 503 will refer to the amount of casualties from the earthquake. Another was "Blood for Mayor". Who is "Blood"? Will he be good, or bad for the residents of Starling City?
In the category of not wasting any props. Arrow crew dragged out of retirement the Bishopmobile from "Fringe" to be an abandoned car in The Glades. This is the 2nd time I have seen a Fringe related item on an Arrow set, last season, a sign on top of a Starling City Cab to "Rewardwire" a thing from Fringe season 5 that they never bothered removing.
Later, after lunch, there was another scene being done in an alley that was too far away for me to get a good view of. Stephen Amell was back for these scenes, along with his stunt double Simon Burnett. I also saw Colton Haynes, who was serenaded a couple hours before his birthday by the entire crew & the cast on hand with a round of "Happy Birthday" before they brought in an ice cream cake.
The "wow" moment of the evening was seeing Detective...errr....OFFICER Quentin Lance on Set. Paul Blackthorne was there for scenes, not dressed as his typical self from season 1, but in an Officer uniform. Suggesting after the fallout of The Glades horror, he still is a Police Officer, but has been demoted.
I couldnt see much from the spot I was in, but they had a scene at 1 point where Simon Burnett did a jump up 50-60 feet in the air on a cable.
Here they are...my 1st photos of the season from the set of ARROW from last week.
EDIT - July 18, 10:10 PM
I have just read that "Caity Lotz" has been cast as "Black Canary" YES, you read the character name right.
Reason I am adding it to this blog is the 1st photo in this section of photos below that I, at the time was taking of Paul Blackthorne. When I got home that night I noticed a blonde woman with make up around her eyes that I first thought "that looks like a Black Canary type look".
I saw the girl on set, but never saw her close up enough to notice she had the eye make up on.
I cropped the photo with her in the background, in hopes SOMEONE would see it & maybe ask "is that supposed to be Black Canary" as it was my 1st guess....of course, since everyone assumed Katie Cassidy would be that character I guess no one considered that someone else could be her.
So, is this the 1st photo on set of THE BLACK CANARY?
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