Louisiana is a hot state that’s boiled together with a historic mix of French and Spanish traditions, age-old ghost tales, jazz, alligator-infested swamplands and a roux of voodoo. It’s the perfect setting for storytelling and has, in the last decade, become a hotspot for Hollywood producers looking for a multicultural backdrop for their next blockbuster.
They’ve started calling Louisiana “Hollywood South” and we can probably all think of several movies that have been filmed here over the last ten years.
With its breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary cities, it’s no wonder plenty of films have been shot here. New Orleans has hosted a plethora of movies but, even with all the publicity, you’d still be surprised to find out just how many films were created in the Bayou State.
Let’s take a look
Scene: It’s based on Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize–winning play, and even if you’ve never seen the movie, you know the scene: in the French Quarter in New Orleans, post-World War II, Marlon Brando as Stanley screams like a brainless maniac up to his wife, Stella, played by Kim Hunter.
Scene: Re-created in at least 40 movies since the original, and made comically famous by Carol Burnett, the undulating yell of Tarzan is an iconic sound known by adults and children alike. The first film was silent, however, and filmed in Morgan City, where the Atchafalaya River Basin was the closest to an African environment Hollywood could get.
Scene: Filmed in Natchitoches, a good part of the film takes place in M’Lynn Eatenton’s (Sally Field) fictional 1830s home in the fictionally named Chinquapin Parish. It’s the site of such memorable quotes such as one during the annual Christmas party when Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacClain) turns to M’Lynn and quips, “M’Lynn, what’s wrong with you these days? You got a reindeer up your butt?”
Scene: Louis (Brad Pitt), an unwilling vampire, decides he’s had enough of his so-called life and takes a torch to his sprawling manor, setting the curtains ablaze, which really ticks off the aristocratic vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) who was rather fond of the place.
Scene: Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) wakes up his father, Thomas Button (Jason Flemyng), drives him out to a lake, and then carries him on his shoulders to the pier, where he sets him on a chair and they watch the sunrise. During the three-minute scene, there is a beautiful song, Sunrise on Lake Pontchartrain, playing in the background.
True Blood (2008–2014, HBO)
Scene: Proving vampires have a heart for romance too, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), the King of Louisiana and overseer of vampire order, plans a special evening out for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). With a fancy French restaurant all to themselves, Bill asks Sookie to marry him. After excusing herself to the bathroom to think about her answer, Sookie returns to say “yes” only to discover Bill is missing, and there are signs of a struggle.
Scene: After a day of searching through the cypress-filled Bayou Sorrel in southeastern Louisiana, the hunters haul a 10-pound gator into their flat-bottomed boat, then realize it’s still alive and kicking. They blast it with a shotgun shell before it has a chance to take a bite out of anyone.
For over 38 years, Riverside Limousines has held a reputation as the premier professional transportation service in the Baton Rouge area. Owned and operated by Wade B. Randolph III, Riverside Limousines has grown steadily providing upscale limousine service since 1978.
With the largest luxury fleet in Baton Rouge, we serve several Fortune 500 companies as well as some of the best known names in the area. Whether you’re looking for airport car service, help with corporate ground transportation, or planning a special night out in one of our luxury limos, Riverside Limousines strives to accommodate even the most discriminating client. From citizens to senators, you can rely on the team at Riverside Limousines!
We’re lucky to live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — “home” to dozens of movie sets. And we’re even luckier to be the official car and limousine service for many of these film crews. We get everyone to the set on time and in style. That’s the Riverside Limousine way.
Here are just some of the recent films we’ve provided Town Car and limousine services for:
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Oblivion/ Horizon, The Switch, Battle: Los Angeles, Ticking Clock, Mama, I Want to Sing, The Toy, Breakout Kings, The Host, Battleship, Flypaper, The Loss of Teardrop Island, Autopsy.