Budapest with it’s historic buildings and beautiful city center is a very popular location for all kinds of films. Not only advertising films but also Hollywood Blockbusters are shot in the capital of Hungary. There is a hype at the moment around Bruce Willis in Budapest shooting the latest film A Good Day to Die Hard, part 5 in the more than successful Die hard series. This hype has even been bigger when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie lived in Budapest for Pitts latest movie World War Z which has been in the press not only for being shot in Budapest but also the incident with the Hungarian police interfering the shootings.
So I have made may way over to IMDb and checked what movies in the past have been shot in Budapest already and with almost 1.000 results there are a lot to pick from. So I took some recent and old blockbusters from Hollywood. Lets have a look.
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
- Red Heat
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Transporter 3
- Underworld Evolution
- World War Z
- A Good Day to Die Hard
- … and many more.
You can find a full list of movies shot in Budapest which are listed on IMDb here. That of course brought a lot of famous actors and actress to Budapest over the years such as
- Brad Pitt
- Bruce Willis
- Tom Cruise
- Jason Statham
- Kate Beckisale
- …and so on.
Popular places for the scenes are the city center which is the perfect background for World War 2 movies and a lot cheaper than shooting for example in Berlin. But also sights like the Fishermen Bastion, the Danube or one of the Budapest train stations belong to often used scenes. Next to outdoor shots there are restaurants and other indoor places that are often part of international blockbusters such as the Gundel or museums can be found on the list.
So why is Budapest so popular in Hollywood? As mentioned above already production costs are much lower than in other European, comparable cities as for example Berlin for World War 2 movies but it is also because the city is just beautiful. As simple as that.
When talking about the money it is maybe interesting to have a look at some budgets that are used to produced some of these movies. Mission: Impossible 145 million $, Hellboy II 72 million $, Transporter 3 30 million $, underworld 50 million $ and the numbers go on.
So I am quite sure that in near future we will have some big movies and famous actors and actresses coming to Budapest for new movies. Let there be a hype about Bruce Willis at the moment but he will not be the last.
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