You Don't See This In New Zealand

Nicolas Cage gives a Thai way tradition "wai" after the end of a press conference in Bangkok Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006. Cage is in the country to promote his latest movie " World Trade Center." AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

David McClelland and his girlfriend, Aimee Dodds, will bring many stories home to New Zealand from their nearly month-long trip to several cities in the United States.

But what the tourists saw in New York's Times Square in the wee hours of Monday morning will top them all.

Two cars were racing down Broadway when a stunt driver lost control of one of them, a $200,000 Ferrari, during filming of the Nicholas Cage movie, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." It careened into a restaurant, injuring two people.

McClelland and Dodds were right there, and spoke with Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith about it Tuesday.

McClelland told Smith they wanted to get a look at a movie being made.

"We don't get to see this sort of thing in New Zealand," McClelland said. "We heard that it was a Nicolas Cage movie and all the rest of it. It was quite exciting for us."

So they got as close as they could to the action.

Then came the crash and, said McClelland, "It just sort of hit that this was actually real, that they had gone out of control. It was a bit crazy."

At first, he said, fellow witnesses thought it was all part of the script. Then, it dawned on them that it was real. "It was hard to believe," McClelland observed. "There were people just in awe about what was going on."

Three rehearsal takes had gone "perfectly well," McClelland recalled. "We decided to get up to get a better view. We were actually going to go home, and then of course they kept rolling," and he and Dodds stayed.

After the mishap, "I was a little nervous," McClelland said. "You couldn't tell, because it was so dark, whether anyone got killed. Some people were saying, 'Is someone under the car?' There was talk that someone was under the car. So people were looking around."

Other than that, Smith wanted to know, how was their vacation?!

Replied Dodds, "So far, we like New York the best."

Added McClelland, "It's been raining since we got here. But even in the rain, it's a beautiful city. It's been fantastic. We've had a great time. Everyone's been so great."

And a city that left them with even more of an impresson than they could ever have imagined they'd bring with them.
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