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The Gray Man Filming Locations: Where It Was Shot



Netflix’s The Gray Man is a globe-trotting thriller both on and off the screen. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film takes audiences around the globe, sprawling from North America to Europe and Asia. Part of what makes The Gray Man so visually stunning is the fact that much of the film was shot on location around the world.

The Gray Man follows Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling), who is a specially trained assassin working for the CIA on the run from the organization he works for after discovering dark secrets while on a mission in Bangkok. A chase across the globe ensues as the CIA hunts for Six, who is tracked by deadly assassins controlled by mercenary Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans). Aided by CIA agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas), Six must evade their attempts on his life and protect his loved ones, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton )and his niece Claire (Julia Butters), before they fall into Hansen’s clutches.


Serving as Netflix’s most expensive film to date, The Gray Man makes the most of its mammoth budget through filming on location and utilizing real stunts. While portions of The Gray Man were filmed on built sets in the United States, much of the globe-trotting adventure was filmed overseas after being delayed by COVID-19 early in its shooting schedule. Here is a guide to the locations used in the (costly) filming of The Gray Man.

Long Beach, California

Although most of The Gray Man was shot on location in Europe, the film also utilized California during its production. The film began production in Long Beach, CA, in March 2021 after being delayed by COVID-19. Long Beach is a location that has been used to film past Hollywood blockbusters, such as Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. The Gray Man utilized 21 sets, which were built in a 1,200,000 square foot former Boeing manufacturing hangar in Long Beach.


Some of The Gray Man’s most epic fight sequences were shot on location in Prague. The production had control of a major city square in Prague for what director Joe Russo called “10 days of gunfire and explosions and car crashes” (via Newsweek). Prague was home to the sprawling tram fight sequence between Six (who is called his real name once) and Hansen’s assassins. Rather than using a real Prague tram, the production utilized custom tram props to pull off the sequence. Despite not using much CGI for the film, the production took care to avoid damaging the historic city and the city square. Outside of using the city center itself, the film’s production also shot in the areas of Průhonice, Smíchov, Žižkov, Holešovice, and Karlín. The city also doubled as Bangkok, where the botched mission that was the inciting incident of The Gray Man took place.

Czech Republic

In addition to Prague, The Gray Man was shot in other towns in the Czech Republic, including Milovice and Ústí nad Labem. Interestingly, the scenes that took place in Baku were not actually shot in Baku but in the Czech Republic. The Russo brothers spoke highly of shooting The Gray Man in the Czech Republic, with Anthony Russo stating, “…the Czech Republic, in general, is super film friendly, very film savvy” (via RadioTimes).


Although The Gray Man’s end is meant to occur in Croatia, it was filmed in France. The climactic face-off between Six and Hansen at the end of the film was shot at the Chateau de Chantilly at night after the grounds had been closed to visitors. Chateau de Chantilly has a storied history dating back to the 14th century, although the original mansion was destroyed in the French Revolution and was later restored to its current glory. Located just 30 miles outside of Paris, the historic castle has also hosted other action films in the past, such as 1985’s James Bond entry A View To A Kill, where it served as the enemy territory that belonged to villain Max Zorin.


Interestingly, while the climax of The Gray Man, which was meant to take place in Croatia, was filmed at the Chateau de Chantilly in France, part of the sequence was filmed in Croatia after all. The moat seen during this sequence was located in Croatia. According to Joe Russo, “…we took the Chateau from France and placed it in a moat in Croatia.”

The Gray Man’s Card Locations Explained

Throughout The Gray Man, the film uses several title cards to disclose the scene’s location. However, not all of these cards have confirmed filming locations. Here is a description of those cards, what they depict, and where they might have been filmed:

The Gray Man opens in a flashback sequence to a Florida State Prison in 2003. This sees The Gray Man characters Six and Donald Fitzroy meeting for the first time as Fitzroy offers Gentry the opportunity to join the Sierra program and work with the CIA in exchange for his freedom. Given that this scene takes place entirely inside, it seems likely that this scene was filmed on one of the sets in Long Beach.

Intertwined with the Bangkok sequence featuring a botched mission between Six and Dani is interactions with the CIA Technical Operations Center in Langley. This is where the film’s villainous mastermind, Rege-Jean Page’s Denny Carmichael, is introduced, who urges Six to take out his target (who ended up being revealed as Sierra Four). The CIA Technical Operations Center in Langley was also likely filmed on one of the sets in Long Beach.

The film’s other villain, Lloyd Hansen, is introduced in Monaco, where he is torturing a man. He is interrupted when he receives a call from Carmichael, who orders him to go after Six. It seems likely that Hansen’s torture chamber was probably one of the sets located in Long Beach.

After the scene between Hansen and Carmichael, the film goes to Chiang Mai. Here, Six boards a plane sent by Fitzroy to escape Asia. The film’s production did indeed visit Thailand, so it is possible that this sequence was filmed on location in Chiang Mai.

The next location card places Six in a flashback sequence to two years previous in London. This scene provides exposition about Fitzroy’s niece, Claire, and Six’s relationship with her, which begins when he is tasked with looking after her when Fitzroy’s Hong Kong address is leaked. The London portion of the sequence was likely shot on one of the Long Beach sets. There is no record that the production actually traveled to Hong Kong to film the Fitzroy home, so it might be possible that they staged the Hong Kong sequence in Thailand.

The next title card places Six in Vienna in the present, where he is attempting to locate Claire Fitzroy by finding her pacemaker. However, he is betrayed by his contact for the bounty on Sierra Six, leading Hansen to Six’s location. Given the trap door trick that Six’s contact pulls on him, this sequence was likely filmed on one of the Long Beach sets.

While Six is trapped, the film cuts to Dani’s meeting with Carmichael in Berlin. He quizzes her on her knowledge of the Sierra program before being interrupted with a text notifying him of Six’s location in Vienna. Despite orders to remain in Berlin, Dani leaves to aid Six in Vienna. Since the meeting occurred inside, the scene was probably shot on one of the Long Beach sets.

After The Gray Man’s climactic castle fight sequence, the main characters return to the United States. Here, they are exonerated of their involvement in the film’s events since the entire affair was posthumously pinned on Hansen by Suzanne Brewer (played by Jessica Henwick) to cover up Carmichael’s actions. Each of the scenes involved in the film’s conclusions were likely shot in Long Beach.

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China Box Office: ‘Suzume’ Japanese Animation Debuts With $50 Million, Year’s Biggest Non-Holiday Opening



Japanese animation film “Suzume” made just shy of $50 million on its opening weekend in mainland Chinese theaters.

Data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, shows “Suzume” grabbing the top spot at the box office with $49.6 million (RMB342 million) between Friday and Sunday.

That is the biggest opening score by any film this year outside of the Chinese New Year holiday week in late January. The next best is “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” which opened with $19.4 million in mid-February.

Directed by Shinkai Makoto, “Suzume” was a hit in Japan where it was released late last year and has remained on screens for a $105 million total. It played in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it came away largely empty-handed, but has subsequently performed strongly in the Asian territories where it has released. (In South Korea, where it is now the second highest grossing film released in 2023, its third weekend is its strongest to date.)

“Suzume” powered the weekend to a $75.7 million box office total. Artisan Gateway calculates that the year to date total in China now stands at $2.26 billion, or some 12.5% ahead of the same point last year.

“Suzume” easily swept aside “Post-Truth” the local social-comedy drama film that had claimed the top spot in the box office charts for the previous two weeks. “Post-Truth” nevertheless delivered another $12.5 million over the weekend, for a running total of $72.8 million after 17 days on release.

Chinese-made new releases “The Best Is Yet to Come” and mystery drama “Manifesto” entered the chart in third and fourth spots, earning $5.6 million and $2.4 million, respectively.

“The Best Is Yet to Come” is a 2020 drama film directed by Wang Jing and said to be based on real events. Set in pre-Internet 2003, it follows a high school dropout who aspires to be an investigative journalist and change the world. Executive produced by indie icon Jia Zhangke, the film had its international premiere at the Venice and Toronto festivals in September 2020.

Chinese-made crime drama “Revival” took fifth place with a third weekend score of $2.2 million. After 17 days on release, it has garnered $27.7 million.

Sony’s “A Man Called Otto” also released in Chinese theaters over the latest weekend. But its performance was so negligible that Artisan Gateway did not report its figures. Local Chinese data providers point to it opening outside the Chinese top ten.

Two Hollywood titles that released earlier this month, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “M3gan” also exited the top five. Chinese sources show them with cumulative totals of $5.90 million and $2.84 million respectively.

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Jeremy Renner Is Up & Walking In New Recovery Video



A new video sees Jeremy Renner up and walking following his snow plow accident. Renner is an Academy Award-nominated actor known for his role as Hawkeye in the MCU and his current series Mayor of Kingstown. He suffered severe injuries when he attempted to stop a snow plow from hitting his nephew on New Year’s Day. The actor spent weeks in the hospital recovering, offering updates on his recovery via social media.

In the weeks since his injuries, Renner has continued to share details about his recovery, with a new video shared to Twitter seeing the actor up and walking.

The video sees Renner walking on a treadmill with a device around his waist, likely to help hold his body’s weight, elevating pressure on his legs. Shortly after his near-fatal accident, which saw speculation about whether he could ever walk again, the new video sees the resilient actor bouncing back on the road to recovery.

What’s Next For Jeremy Renner

His recovery still likely has months left, with plenty of physical therapy in Renner’s future. Throughout the past few months, he’s shared details about his cutting-edge rehab tech and even getting his snow plow back from the police. Additionally, while the actor still has time before he likely steps foot back in front of the camera, he has projects that he could easily slide back into when he’s ready. However, his future projects depend on how he wishes to approach his career after the healing process.

Renner’s Paramount+ series, Mayor of Kingstown, debuted its second season mere weeks after his accident. Unfortunately, the Taylor Sheridan-created series has yet to be renewed for a third season, which could be due to Renner’s current state. However, if Paramount+ sees fit, he may have more Mayor of Kingstown in his future. Renner may also have more to do in the MCU as Hawkeye, with movies like Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars a few years out. However, the action-heavy nature of the role may change depending on Renner’s mobility.

Next up for Renner is the Disney+ series Rennervations, a reality series that follows the actor around the world while he implements unique renovations on vehicles. The series was filmed before his snow plow accident and is set to debut on Disney+ on April 12. If the series proves successful and Renner’s game for more, the show will likely produce more episodes. Therefore, while Renner has a long road to recovery, his continued progress and prospects still present a bright future for the actor.

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Jonathan Majors’ Lawyer Says Evidence Exists to Prove He’s ‘Completely Innocent’ of Alleged Assault



The defense lawyer of Jonathan Majors says the actor is “completely innocent” and “provably the victim” after he was arrested on Saturday in Manhattan and charged with assault and harassment in what New York Police Department described as a “domestic dispute.”

“Jonathan Majors is completely innocent and is provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows,” says criminal defense lawyer Priya Chaudhry. “We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently.”

Chaudhry goes on to say there is video footage from the vehicle where the alleged incident took place, witness testimony from the driver and onlookers and two written statements from the woman recanting the allegations.

“All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever,” she said. “Unfortunately, this incident came about because this woman was having an emotional crisis, for which she was taken to a hospital yesterday. The NYPD is required to make an arrest in these situations, and this is the only reason Mr. Majors was arrested. We expect these charges to be dropped soon.”

Chaudhry’s statement provides additional information about the incident. Police in New York said they responded to a 911 call at a Chelsea apartment. Majors, who is 33 years old, was taken into custody without incident on Saturday night. The unnamed victim, a 30-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital after with “minor injuries to her head and neck,” according to authorities.

The police statement listed strangulation, assault and harassment as potential charges, but he was ultimately charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, attempted assault in the third degree, aggravated harassment in the second degree, and harassment in the second degree — each of which are misdemeanors or lesser charges.

A representative for Majors denied the allegations. “He has done nothing wrong,” his publicist told Variety. “We look forward to clearing his name and clearing this up.”

Majors, a rising star in Hollywood, has recently appeared in “Creed III” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” He also received acclaim for “Magazine Dreams,” which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Searchlight Pictures. It’s set to release on Dec. 8.

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