Alright, so we may not all have the money to travel like Brad Pitt, but we can still live vicariously through his films. There are many movies that inspire travel to various locations where travellers can put themselves in the footsteps of their favourite character. Guest Blogger Darcie Connell shares with us seven of Brad Pitt’s movie locations and why they are worth more than a movie ticket:
Ah, Brad Pitt. The man (even now) is one sweet cup of eye candy. And when he was younger? Whew… (fans face)… don’t get me started. But you know what? Many of his movies were even better looking than he was. The following seven film locations are gorgeous with or without Brad:
Seven Years in Tibet – Lhasa, Tibet
Brad plays Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer who becomes friends with the Dalai Lama right before the Chinese occupation. Filmed exclusively in Tibet, the striking city of Lhasa is impressive on its own. Potala Palace – former home of the Dalai Lama – is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and the Himalayan backdrop ain’t bad, either.
Legends of the Fall – Alberta, Canada
An epic drama revolving around three brothers, their father and their problems with love, war and Mother Nature. Pitt plays Tristan Ludlow, a rough-and-ready Montana boy well-versed in Indian ways. Though the film was set in Montana, it was shot in Canada. Both Vancouver and Calgary play their roles, but the sweeping panoramas are from Alberta. No wonder the picture won Best Cinematography in 1994.
Inglourious Basterds – Potsdam, Germany
An intriguing revenge fantasy, Inglourious Basterds details the exploits of two assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler. Brad plays First Lieutenant Aldo Raine, who recruits a team of eight Jewish soldiers to wreak havoc on Nazis. Is it historically accurate? Not at all. Even the movie title is spelled incorrectly. But it’s a whole lotta fun to watch. Though the film is mainly set in France, most of it was shot in Germany (most notably in Potsdam, southwest of Berlin’s city center).
Thelma And Louise – Utah, USA
Ah, the movie which catapulted Brad to stardom. In a relatively small part, JD (Pitt) caught the attention of Geena Davis – and every female in the audience. The movie covers a road trip from Arkansas to Arizona, but – like other Ridley Scott films – it’s filmed anywhere but. In this case, most of the desert shots come from Utah. Even the classic Grand Canyon scene (I won’t give it away here) wasn’t actually at the Grand Canyon. Heck, it wasn’t even in Arizona. Instead, it was filmed at Dead Horse Point State Park, on SR 313, 18 miles off Hwy 191 in Utah.
Se7en – California, USA
“What’s in the box?”
Oh, you don’t wanna know, Brad. You really, really don’t. Brad plays Detective Mills, a homicide detective investigating a recent string of brutal killings in a dark, unnamed city.
Chicago? New York? Nope… Los Angeles.
The police headquarters can be found at the Pacific Electric Building, 610 South Main Street (which, according to Movie-Locations, was also the site for Face/Off and Forrest Gump).
Interview with the Vampire – Louisiana, USA
Good book? Yep. Great movie? Meh. The filming locations range from London, Paris and San Francisco – but Louisiana takes the king-cake. Ann Rice, a New Orleans native, embedded many of Louisiana’s charms in here book, which crossed over into the movie (though it was filmed in throughout the state). Brad played Louis, a whiny vampire lamenting his terrible fate to journalist (played by Christian Slater). His impressive estate is the Oak Alley Plantation, which is located at 3645 Louisiana State Highway 18 in Vacherie, Louisiana. It’s open to the public.
A River Runs Through It – Montana, USA
“I’ll never leave Montana, brother.”
Damn straight, Brad. A River Runs Through It is one of the MOST beautiful films EVER. If it doesn’t inspire lust for fisherman pants and brown liquor… well, brothers and sisters, you must be dead.
So in summary, while Brad is pretty to look at, these locations are worth much more than a movie ticket. Which movies did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!
Darcie Connell is the CEO of Trekity.com, a travel site that helps you find amazing destinations based on who you are and when you want to go. She’s also the co-founder of TravelBloggerAcademy.com. You can also follow her on Twitter.