In one of the most weirdly Los Angeles-focused (and just plain terrifying to Angeleno driers) press releases to ever land at Reject HQ, we’ve just received our first look (up top) at the Elizabeth Banks-starring Walk of Shame, thanks to a release that doesn’t emphasize the film’s fun cast (including Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Ken Davitian, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee, and Sarah Wright) or its amusing premise (Banks gets stranded in downtown LA after a one night stand goes awry, with only eight hours to get to the biggest job interview of her career), but instead focuses on how much the film’s shoot has completely screwed up LA’s already-screwed traffic situation.
If you are an Angeleno, I beg you to brace yourself before reading some of the most hive-inducing details of said press release. Really, think of yourself, think of the children, think of the smog. Let’s begin.
The press release in question, with notes and observations made in bold and parentheses:
ELIZABETH BANKS STOPS TRAFFIC WITH WALK OF SHAME!
LOS ANGELES ENDURED ANOTHER MAJOR
FREEWAY CLOSURE – SHAMEAGGEDON (For those of you not in the know when it comes to Los Angeles’ traffic, “Shameaggedon” is a fun riff on “Carmageddon,” a twice-occurring freeway shut-down that happened in LA back in July of 2011 and September of 2012. Rest assured, this was not a fun time.)
Los Angeles, February 6, 2013 – This weekend Hollywood was responsible for Los Angeles’ recent major road closure (this is probably not something to be proud of) as the production of WALK OF SHAME stopped traffic – literally! (ha!) – inspiring the term Shameaggedon (does seem appropriate). The comedy, starring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs, currently in production in Los Angeles closed the roads due to filming – taking over the 710 Freeway from the 10 Freeway to the Valley Boulevard exit (holy crap, what?). The road closures lasted over six hours both Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 (again, holy crap, what? this is a nightmare!).
Written & directed by Steve Brill (WITHOUT A PADDLE, MR. DEEDS), WALK OF SHAME stars Banks as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (played by Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles (in case you’re confused about this, it’s okay, downtown LA is actually a city, not some post-apocalyptic wasteland, so it’s unclear exactly why this is horrible turn of events for Banks, but we’ll let that slide, simply because this will probably lead to all sorts of fun hijinks and confusion) without a phone, car, ID or money (find a payphone, lady) – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life (okay, well, you could literally walk anywhere in LA in two hours if you wanted to, so where is this interview? Portland?).
Saturday and Sunday (also known as Super Bowl Sunday) (are you kidding me? on Super Bowl Sunday? breaking out in hives right now) traffic on the 10 was diverted to other exits such as Fremont and Eastern, while traffic heading north on the 710 Freeway was diverted onto the 10 East and West to Fremont or Eastern (this is not extremely convenient, just an FYI, but at least they attempted to divert).
Walk of Shame will wrap next month (hopefully, they can stay away from other major transportation hubs until then) with a release planned for early 2014.