|Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton on location for Penthouse North.|
Penthouse North is especially novel, since it arguably marks the low point of Michael Keaton’s career before his Oscar-worthy comeback in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Keaton shot the film here in town with True Detective’s Michelle Monaghan and the predominantly local crew (about 100 members of the production team is from Ottawa) back in 2011. Penthouse North is one of those fun examples in which local flavour creeps into the film (hello, MetcalfeStreet signs!), which is set in both New York and Afghanistan with Ottawa doubling as both locations, and it put the Wine Rack on Elgin Street on the map long before the Byward Market location became the most happening place in Blahttawa. (Who buys champagne at Wine Rack?) The production even retrofitted an abandoned No Frills grocery store to serve as the titular penthouse in which Keaton’s character terrorizes Monaghan and her poor cat.
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