A trailer preview for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" shows a shot of a car exploding on the Cleveland West Shoreway.
CLEVELAND - Filming on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier kicked off Wednesday with a massive fake explosion that tossed two police vehicles about 15 feet in the air as if they were toy cars.
"All of a sudden, you heard this big explosion," said Lorraine Bradley who was nearby the scene. "It was like nothing I've ever heard before. It was awesome!"
In the midst of all the action was local movie extra Emmanuel Detres, who auditioned for a role in the movie last month.
"Once you get the call, it's kind of magical," said Detres who attends Lorain Community College.
"We were just on scene, and it's long days, but it's a lot of fun," said Colin Botts, another extra who recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University.
Day three of filming included a lot of waiting and walking through scenes, according to the extras, who couldn't divulge much detail about the filming due to confidentiality agreements that they signed.
"You have to have a lot of patience," said Detres.
But the payoff is rewarding. The 22-year-olds described the experience of being a part of a major motion picture as an opportunity of a lifetime.
"It's a blessing," added Detres, who's a youth mentor for a local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Filming for the movie started Monday downtown at East 6th between St. Clair and Superior. Crews are expected to remain there for the remainder of the week, shooting various sequences and action scenes.
"It's very fascinating and very interesting," said Mary Winters who works near the location that's been transformed to look like a Washington, D.C. street.
Winters was so intrigued by the movie action that she's been documenting the action with her camera this week.
"There's a lot of work involved," added Winters. "For 10 seconds of video, you sit there for 45 minutes to plan and plot."
After just three days on set, Botts and Detres are now hooked on making a career in the movie industry.
"I know it's kind of a difficult road sometimes, but I would love a career in this if it's at all possible," said Botts.
"It's awesome, it's tons of fun, it's great," said Detres.
Keep checking newsnet5.com for the latest on "Captain America" filming in Cleveland over the next few weeks.
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