'Abduction' producer Pat Crowley and actor Michael Nyqvist praise Pittsburgh
September 23, 2011 4:00 AM
By Maria Sciullo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michael Nyqvist plays a villain in "Abduction," the feature film opening today that was shot in Pittsburgh a year ago.
Walking the red carpet before last week's premiere in Los Angeles, he said he enjoyed his time living here in the Cork Factory apartments, that "it felt a little bit European."
He also enjoyed filming a big scene at PNC Park, some of which was done during an actual game against the New York Mets.
"I love your town, I love your team," he said, which drew cheers from a crowd watching the premiere as it was streamed live to the Cinemark in Center, Beaver County.
"Pittsburgh is an incredibly visual city," said producer Pat Crowley. "It has all these bridges. It has three rivers. It has a wonderful urban landscape in which there are skyscrapers right across from a football field, a baseball field and a huge hockey rink.
"It's a town in which everything is pretty open. If you go in Manhattan, you have to get up on the 80th floor to be able to see the city, whereas in Pittsburgh you can easily get a sense of how big and open it is."
During the 51-day shoot here, Taylor Lautner often stayed at a private home in Mt. Lebanon. He was spirited past groups of teenagers who sat on a grassy bank across the street, and a Virginia Manor house down the street was the location for a teen pool party at the beginning of the film.
From sweeping shots of the Point, to a scene in Fiddle's Diner in Brownsville, Western Pennsylvania has rarely looked so bright on film. Hampton High School fills in for the high school in the fictional town of Bridgewater and other recognizable sites include the Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny Cemetery and Jefferson Regional Medical Center.