Mobile Turning Into The Hollywood Of The South

Mobile Turning Into The Hollywood Of The South

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Mobile, Alabama is continuing to win over film crews with its charm and hospitality. Carol Hunter with the Downtown Alliance can attest to that.

"The director of Tokarev had already decided to film that movie in another city but for some reason he decided to come and look at Mobile. And we walked up and down Dauphin Street and Royal Street one afternoon and one evening and he said, I must shoot here. He said this is a real place, it's an authentic place," says Hunter.

Next week Mississippi Grind will start filming at the Mobile Greyhound Park with Ryan Reynolds, which has caused a lot of stir in the area.

And the good news just keeps on coming for Mobile. Later this month we will be graced by the presence of Bruce Willis yet again. He'll be in town shooting his sci-fi action adventure called Vice that's set to be released next year.

There are a few specific places these crews require to shoot at…

"Scripts do not always call for beautiful places. We have many bars here that have been used in the Nicolas Cage and the Bruce Willis movies because of their scripts," says Eva Golson with the Film office.

"I think almost every film that's been shot here has used one of the two squares for exterior scenes," says Hunter.

And not only do the folks who live here love it…

"In Mobile, it's a spectator sport, we all come out and watch!"

But the businesses love it too.

"If a movie were to have a $10 million budget, after they've received their incentives, the economic impact on the immediate area would be approximately $5 million," says Golson.

"You see the benefit of the incentive program. A few years ago the legislature passed the film incentive package and it has made a huge difference," says Hunter.

Those incentives include a 25% tax break on anything crews buy in the state. And Mobile is really getting more popular with Hollywood, they tell me they had to turn away a film that had a $40 million budget because those incentives only allow us to accommodate movies with a $20 million budget.

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