Filming has ground to a halt on the set of Steven Spielberg’s new Casey Jones movie because of adverse weather conditions and it’s unsure when it will resume. Reports suggest the set was closed by the film’s British train consultant, Tony Anstruther, who is insisting that it’s necessary because of the wrong kind of snow which has fallen on the tracks.
Star of the $400,000,000 dollar production who plays Casey, Tom Hanks, is said to be livid telling reporters: ‘Man this is crazy. It’s just a bit of snow. We’re doing the Christmas scenes so it’s perfect. But this Limey guy has closed us down saying it’s unfair to expect ‘his’ engine-driver to risk injury. But the damn thing has only got to ride along a three hundred yards of track. It’s so stoopid!’
However Mr Anstruther, who is also an RMT Union Shop steward, is adamant. ‘It’s a danger to my member asking him to drive the locomotive in these conditions. The snow is too powdery and there’s a high risk of a dangerous skid occurring should he have to ram on the brakes. I can’t allow that to happen. We’ll have to wait for wetter snow or else use fake stuff when the current lot melts.’
And to add to Mr Speilberg’s woes unconfirmed reports are circulating that there could be further filming delays due to possible industrial action. Mr Anstruther has requested that a Guard be employed to open and close carriage doors to let actors on and off The Cannonball, claiming that this should not be the sole responsibility of the engine-driver.’