The Mechanic: Is This the Latest Metro Crash?

Ads for the subtle coming-of-age film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster and plenty of guns and bombs, have been all over the air recently.

Last night we actually bothered to watch one when it came on. And we could have sworn we saw a Metro bus being blown to smithereens.

The actual ad doesn't seem to be on the web, but the scene in question happens at about the 1:20 mark of the above clip.

The bus says Metro, it has the blue and red color scheme, it seems as dangerous as the light rail train, so we're guessing that it is at the very least the filmmaker's homage to our friendly local transit agency. (We've asked Metro for any info, but haven't heard back. Maybe our mistake was using the Media Hot Line.) Update: Metro has gotten back; a spokeswoman said she was unaware of the movie, but will check further.

Anyway, it's an awful crash. Maybe the bus should have been wrapped in the NEW METRO's warning decals.

Update: Metro's Margaret O'Brien-Molina confirms to Hair Balls that the agency had nothing to do with the film

Any likeness to actual transit agencies, either living or dead, is strictly coincidental, we guess.


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John Smith
John Smith

The did take a show a sceen with the Houston skyline.  You can reconize the Waist Management building.

Adolfo Anthony Celis
Adolfo Anthony Celis

Just watched "The Mechanic" tonight...  so they made it look like Houston with stock footage, an old METRO bus, an RDI truck, and lots of Texas license plates.... but the Houston scene was filmed in NOLA?  ugh!!!!  We never get any big recent films here...  and the stupid rotting Astrodome was going to be a soundstage but we nixxed that idea...  great.  The only big movie set I've gotten to step on was the movie "Sidekicks" filmed at Lamar High School...  big woop!  :P

delukze
delukze

As soon as I saw that shot of Downtown Houston I knew it was Houston!!!What a shame they didn't say it in the movie.

PersnicketySue
PersnicketySue

In that scene, yes, they were supposed to be in Houston. Though none of the movie was shot there. Went Jason Statham gets out of the garbage truck it is an RDI truck (Houston, TX) and the have one quick shot of the Houston skyline via 59 north. But they never filmed any sequences here.

Chuckc
Chuckc

End of movie was clearly filmed in Houston. They show the skyline when the 2 guys were going to Houston and it was all downtown.

Emily J. Hurst
Emily J. Hurst

NOLA was used as a stand in for both Houston and Chicago. Sad part of movie is a city view of Houston with no mention of which city it is, if you don't know that is downtown then you probably won't what you are looking at. Meanwhile the shot of Chicago has a nice little label. But yeah all shot in NOLA just tried to make it look like Houston/Chicago.

joe
joe

That's not a real Metro bus, they never used the MCI Classic which is the model in the clip. You can see a few Texas license plates, so I guess NOLA was used as a stand-in for Houston.

Fred Farkle
Fred Farkle

Still... not knowing what NOLA's transit paint scheme is like... sure looks like they at least borrowed one from Houston.

Ted Stickles
Ted Stickles

The movie was filmed in NOLA, so I doubt it.

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