When you think of Hollywood, the Piedmont region may not be top of mind — but we’re actually just as star-studded as Tinseltown. The Triangle has been the backdrop for almost 500 movies (granted some you’ve probably never heard of) + we rounded up a few of our favorites filmed around the state to give you all the behind-the-scenes scoop on just how famous our region is.
🎬 The 1988 cult classic Bull Durham not only tells the story of our local minor-league baseball team, but was also filmed right here at home. The film stars Kevin Costner + Susan Sarandon (spoiler: they fall in love) + features baseball player Max Patkin as himself. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 1989 Academy Awards.
🎬 Just last fall, The Georgetown Project completed its principal shooting in Wilmington. The film — expected to be released later this year — tells the story of an actor who begins to unravel during the production of a horror film. In December, star Russell Crowe tweeted this cheeky farewell video.
🎬 The 2012 dystopian teen drama The Hunger Games — which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson + Elizabeth Banks, to name a few — was shot primarily around Black Mountain near Asheville and in the Charlotte area.
🎬 The 1998 film Patch Adams stars Robin Williams and tells the true story of a much-beloved medical doctor who used humor to help his patients. The movie was mostly shot at the UNC Chapel Hill campus, with a few scenes captured in Asheville.
🎬 The 2001 romantic comedy Shallow Hal stars comedian Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow and was filmed in Charlotte — most notably at locations in Uptown, Dilworth, South Park, and Concord.