The city of Miami has shown countless times that it is a place to be when it comes to fun moments. From the sunny tropic weather, the beach waves and the exotic buildings, Miami is a location that oozes character no matter the region. It therefore comes as no surprise that the city has seen its fair share of box office intruders. The 1920’s was a period that saw interest in the Miami region as a filming location flare up as it served as host to several water themed films such as the family-friendly series “Flipper”.
Although the city had been in a lot of movies since the 1920’s period, the popularity of it did not happen until the airing of “Miami Vice” which captured the glitz, glam, wealth, and underbelly successfully that eventually aroused the curiosity of Hollywood. This eventually led to movies like the Fast & Furious franchise, True Lies and Scarface being shot there. Going by the ever growing popularity of the Miami location as a scenic spot for Hollywood movies, it was only natural that a look be taken at some of the most filmed places. They are:
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
If you ever find yourself at the poolside of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel remember that you might actually be staying in the same spot where in “Scarface” Steven Bauer and the god father himself Al Pacino devised means to hook up with women. Another popular movie that was shot in this gem of architecture was the first Whitney Houston starrer “The Bodyguard”. The penthouse and pool of the hotel were showcased in the movie.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Bad Boys II was a movie that showcased a lot of Miami to the viewing pleasure of the audience but none was as eye grabbing as the scene where the detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) made an awe inspiring entrance at the stylish Mandarin Oriental hotel lobby overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza
This location is surrounded at every turn with beautiful architecture that serves as host to the Cultural Plaza and Miami-Dade Public Library. This piece of Miami showcases its rich history and highlights the Downtown skyline of Miami. The Perez Art Museum previously known as the Miami Art Museum and Center for Fine Arts respectively was the location of the scene where Cameron Diaz “Mary” takes Matt Dillon “Pat” to an architecture exhibit. In fact, most of the film is shot around Miami.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
You might be taking a stroll through Miami and happen upon the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and start wondering why the feeling of déjà vu is being experienced. This is probably due to the fact that this location happens to be a popular spot for Hollywood blockbuster movies. This European inspired villa in the neighbourhood of Coconut Grove has served as host to Aldrich Killian’s Miami mansion in “Iron Man 3”, the party house from Jim Carrey’s zany comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, snd also the home of drug smuggler Johnny Tapia.