Thanks to its breathtaking attractions, unforgettable gastronomy, and vivid atmosphere, it is easy to fall in love with Budapest. Several Hollywood stars love it, too, who frequently visit the Hungarian capital and gain memorable experiences here. Let’s see who they are and what their impression is of the Hungarian capital.
The Hollywood actress with Hungarian ancestry is extremely proud of her roots. In 2021, Jamie Lee Curtis spent a couple of months in Hungary on the occasion of filming Borderlands in Budapest. The world-famous actress fell in love with the city and also learned a few Hungarian words.
As she said: “Being a representative of the film industry and a member of a family of Hungarian descent is a great treasure for me,” adding that “the days are beautiful in Budapest“.
The Austrian-American actor visited Budapest several times. In 2018, Schwarzenegger celebrated his 71st birthday in the Hungarian capital, which was the filming venue of the sixth instalment of the Terminator franchise. The following year, he visited Hungary again to attend the funeral of his good friend, Hungarian film producer Andy Vajna.
The Hollywood actor and former governor of California always had a positive impression of Budapest. In an interview in 2019, he even ranked the Hungarian capital above his hometown, Vienna.
“Budapest is a wonderful city. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. I used to say in the Austrian capital as well that Budapest is much better than Vienna. Which is a big word from an Austrian, isn’t it?”
Schwarzenegger also claimed Hungary as one of the best filming locations. “Hungarians behave very politely with foreign filmmakers – they do their best to please them. The film staffs are great, and the tax benefits are also favourable. They also help with everything.”
Due to his body-builder background, the actor is a frequent visitor in Budapest gyms as well. One of his favourites is Flex Gym Budapest. On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Schwarzenegger, along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, greeted the opening of the Budapest gym in a Facebook post two years ago.
The American actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler also locked the Hungarian capital in his heart. In 2013, the actor visited Budapest on the occasion of filming the action movie based on Greek mythology, Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Dwayne Johnson especially enjoyed his weeks spent in Budapest. In a Twitter post, he wrote the following compliments about the Hungarian capital, adding a photo of Budapest’s breathtaking panorama:
Scarlett Johansson is also one of the Hollywood stars who fell in love with Budapest during her time spent here. The actress arrived in the Hungarian capital to shoot the latest film in the Marvel film universe, Black Widow. In addition to learning a few Hungarian words, the world-famous actress also taught her American audience how to pronounce the name of the Hungarian capital correctly, reported hvg. The Hungarian lesson can be watched from 2:45.
Last summer, the world-famous Hollywood actor, John Travolta, came to Budapest to visit his daughter, Elle Bleu Travolta, who was filming her first movie, Get Lost, a modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, in the Hungarian capital. The Hollywood star arrived in his own plane, which he drove himself, to take his beloved children, Ella and her brother, Ben, to the film set.
Ella was very impressed with the filming in Hungary.
“It was a fantastic experience! Budapest was a dream, and most importantly, I met and worked with a lot of great people.
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this film come to life wonderfully,” posted the young actress on her social media site.
The proud father also made a short video of the family’s trip to Budapest. The impressive video can be watched below.
Will Smith first visited the Hungarian capital in 2018, on the occasion of the action movie called Gemini Man, which was partly shot in Budapest. According to the Hollywood actor, Budapest is a secret little jewel, a mixture of beautiful historical buildings and the modern world.
Will Smith revealed that he had a great time with his family. He enjoyed it so much that he visited the Hungarian capital three more times after the shoot of Gemini Man. The American actor even greeted his audience with a dance on the top of the Chain Bridge.
The world-famous Spanish actor visited Budapest in 2017, during the shoot of the second season of the NatGeo Genius series in Hungary. The series about the life of Pablo Picasso was set in several Hungarian locations, the beauty of which captivated the Hollywood actor.
In addition to the Christmas market at the Basilica, Antonio Banderas also showed the sunset in Budapest to his Spanish and English-speaking fans.
The Game of Thrones star has also visited Budapest several times. During his most recent visit, he came for the filming of Dune where, in addition to getting to know the Hungarian capital, taking selfies and attending concerts, the Hollywood actor also bought himself an everlasting souvenir. He got his latest tattoo done in a Budapest salon.
In March, the world-famous actor came to Budapest for the filming of the series called The Continental. Besides trying the local specialities in the Hungarian capital, the star of Lethal Weapon, Mad Max, and several Hollywood super-productions discovered the Hungarian sea as well. At Lake Balaton, Gibson tasted the most famous wines of the region in Csopak, and he also visited a restaurant under the castle in Veszprém. He was reportedly very friendly with everyone, even taking selfies with his fans.
Kevin Hart was most impressed by the Budapest Parliament. The actor arrived in Budapest in the spring of 2021 to shoot Borderlands. The actor must have been completely enchanted by Budapest’s iconic landmark, about which he posted 4 photos on his Instagram, including with his family as well.
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The Hollywood couple came to the Hungarian capital in 2017 when Mila was filming the movie The Spy Who Dumped Me. Mila and Ashton spent a lot of time in Budapest. They attended the FINA World Cup – soon to be organised in Budapest again – visited the House of Terror, and had a great party at the Sziget festival. But one of the most interesting things was when they spent Mila’s birthday in a bar in Budapest, where Ashton wore a T-shirt with “I love you Budapest” written on it, reported Borsonline.
Source: hvg.hu, borsonline.hu