Unknown to many, Toronto Pearson International Airport plays a supporting role in the production of major motion pictures and has long been a much sought after venue by location scouts on the hunt for that perfect backdrop.
In late July of this year, portions of The Incredible Hulk—starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt and Tim Roth—were shot at the airport. Both Hurt and Roth were on set for two days of filming while the entire production—including setup, filming and wrap—lasted for two weeks. The Millardair hangar at the airport’s north end was the site of all the activity. The hangar was used for a scene involving a military base similar to CFB Trenton, however they could not shoot the interior scenes at Trenton. The Incredible Hulk is produced by MVL Incredible Productions Canada Inc. and is due to smash its way into theatres in June 2008.
Also due to begin filming shortly is The Love Guru, a comedy from Paramount Pictures featuring Scarborough, ON. native Mike Myers. Shooting at the Infield Terminal will take place throughout this month. Myers plays an American raised outside of his country by gurus who returns to the U.S. in order to break into the self-help business. Paying homage to his real life love of hockey, his first challenge is to settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional slide of a star hockey player (Romany Malco) whose wife left him for a rival athlete (Justin Timberlake). The Love Guru also features Jessica Alba and is due for release in June 2008.
Terminal 1 Departures is presently being eyed by producers of another feature film as a possible location. Those in charge of the production of Repossession Mambo have shown interest in filming inside Aisles P and Q, both of which are currently behind construction hoarding. Leading roles for this major motion picture will be played by Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Alice Braga. This thriller follows Remy (Law), an organ repo. man who receives a heart transplant. When he struggles to make the payments, he must go on the run from his former partner. Dates are only tentative at this point but filming is likely to take place before the end of the year.