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Matt Smith Is Making Detroit Fans' Days All Over Town (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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Actors Matt Smith attends the 72nd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards at The Waldorf-Astoria on May 20, 2013 in New York City. Smith ha spent time in Detroit filming for "How to Catch a Monster," directed by Ryan Gosling, and being kind and friendly to fans. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) | Getty

It might be different in a place like New York, where celebrity sightings can be an everyday occurrence, but Ryan Gosling's appearance in Detroit to film his directorial debut "How to Catch a Monster" has nearly turned the entire city of fans into paparazzi-in-training.

Social media has ignited with tips of shooting locations, rumors of nightlife destinations, sniper-style photos of the stars and even a Gosling impostor. But it's not just Gosling: instead, a full cast of Hollywood stars are causing the commotion in a celebrity-starved city.

"Dr. Who's" Matt Smith has received particular attention, which led to a cluster of fans watching him shoot a scene from the dark, modern-day fairy tale on Belle Isle Tuesday. YouTube user Daavaaad posted a video showing some fairly mundane footage of the back of Smith's head through some foliage, with the soundtrack of the cameraman and friends exclaiming. But another clip by the same user gives a bit of an odd sneak peak at the film: an haunting, audio-only clip purports to capture of Smith screaming while running around for a scene from "How to Catch a Monster":

It leaves more questions than answers of what's to come in the film, which also stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Iain De Caestecker.

Surreptitiously-shot videos are likely nothing new for Smith. As a star (though not much longer) of a beloved sci-fi series, he seems to inspire super-fandom:

But he's been nothing but kind to his Michigan fans, from all accounts:

Trip Wagner ran into Smith on set in Detroit last week, and said he was "one of the nicest guys ... very polite, asked my name ... very gracious."

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Last month, Smith took a break from shooting at an abandoned lot by the Chrysler Freeway (and showing off his well-defined abs) to pose for a picture with a young fan, beaming all the while:

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"My daughter is still floating," photographer Bananadoc said at the time. What a gentleman.

While Smith may have at least temporarily left the Motor City, he's more than welcome to come back to Detroit, and even run around screaming, anytime he likes.

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