CANADIAN ACTOR, MICHAEL IRONSIDE, IS SHOOTING A FILM IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN

Chance meeting in L.A. traffic jam leads to reunion in Fort Saskatchewan film shoot ... Actor Michael Ironside and director Michael Peterson are collaborating on Knuckleball

Longtime Canadian actor Michael Ironside is shooting a new full-length Hollywood film in the Edmonton region, a project that grew out of a chance meeting 12 years ago during a traffic jam in Los Angeles.

For the last couple of weeks, the set has been at a 100-year-old farm just east of the city of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., along Township Road 544. The old red brick farmhouse has been taken over by the mostly-Canadian production crew out of Calgary.

A veteran of more than 45 movies and countless television productions, Ironside says even though he’s lived in Los Angeles since 1982, he’s still a Canadian boy at heart. He’s originally from Toronto.

“You make it sound like I’ve been away,” Ironside said during a break in filming on set. “I try and make it up here in the summertime.”

Michael Ironside and director Michael Peterson (right)

Michael Ironside and director Michael Peterson, right, shooting a scene from the movie Knuckleball.

But this time, Ironside is braving an Alberta winter to shoot a new thriller movie called Knuckleball.

“We’ve been able to construct a script here that has all the elements of a murder-mystery thriller in it, slight horror aspects,” he said. “It’s humanity at its worst in some places.

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