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10+ movies you didn’t know were filmed in Vancouver

All of you have seen at least 10 movies or TV series filmed in Vancouver, you just don’t know it. I had no idea before coming here, but now I have “the eye”, so I can tell most of the times whether the movie I’m watching has been filmed here or not. Trying to spot the city in all kinds of movies is actually pretty fun!

I can see your skeptical stares, so let me give you a few examples.


Deadpool, Godzilla, Titanic, The Twilight Saga, Night at the Museum, Pirates of the Caribbean (the last one), The Neverending Story, Big Eyes, The Butterfly Effect, Elf, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Catwoman, Fantastic Four, Mission Impossible, Fifty Shades of Grey, Godzilla, I Robot, The Interview, Jumanji, Juno, Man of Steel, Rocky IV, Scary Movie, Spy Game, Star Trek, Step Up, Tomorrowland, X-Men and many more…

TV Series

A series of unfortunate events, Prison Break (Season 5), The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Once upon a Time, The X-Files, Riverdale, Supernatural, Smallville, iZombie, Lucifer, Fear the Walking Dead, Dirk Gently, The Magicians and the list goes on…

So, do you believe me now? 🙂

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It feels kind of weird at first, but soon enough you get used to the idea of being stuck in traffic in downtown Vancouver because there’s Ryan Reynolds in a tight red suit blowing up cars in the middle of the road. Yes, in Vancouver you could run into the Flash at the post office or into The Rock on campus taking selfies with the students when filming is over.
Spoilers can be a problem too, like that one time I saw Oliver Queen/Green Arrow giving a speech in front of the library with Felicity (picture above), when in the series no one knew for sure if she was still alive.
My personal favourite, however, is when the little village of Steveston gets transformed into Once upon a Time’s Storybrooke.

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After being told off a couple of times by the filming crew, you also learn the basic etiquette. For example, when the camera is rolling you’re not supposed to stop in the middle of the road to stare, whereas you can move around and take pictures in between scenes. Some actors stop by at the end for photos and autographs, but I never stay longer than 25 minutes (and only if it’s a show I really like). I could probably make an exception for Neil Patrick Harris or Johnny Depp though. 😀

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Professional celebrity stalking

Since there’s so much going on every day all year round, someone had the genius idea of creating a website, updated daily, that tells you what will be filmed where, so that you can go and stalk your favourite actors and actresses.

So, if you are a fan, don’t forget to check http://www.whatsfilming.ca/vancouver-filming-locations/ to see what’s filming when you are in town! 

Which celebrities have you seen in Vancouver?

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