Sometimes reality overlaps and invades fiction and thus was the case at LAX this morning when a deadly shooting halted production on an episode of the hit AMC series Mad Men. The show was filming scenes at the airport when the the location was put under lockdown when a gunman opened fire and forced police to take over the airport.
Variety reports that the show halted production when the shooting occurred and a key grip on the show, Dustin Woods, tweeted that the show was filming in American Airlines Terminal 4, which was just one terminal away from where the tragic incident took place.
The tweets are no longer available but Variety posted versions of them before they were taken down and deleted.
We are filming at LAX. Gun fire. Locked down. Evacuating!—
Dustin Woods (@socalgrip) November 01, 2013
AMC did not comment on the incident and none of the major actors who appear in the series were reportedly at the airport on set when the incident took place. According to Woods, the show was in it’s first day of back lensing for the upcoming season of the show.
The incident is a painful reminder of the reality we live in despite those like the crew on Mad Men doing their best to try and make us forget it. Our thoughts are with all those affected by today’s tragic incident.