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March 13, 2012

Safe House shows off Cape Town sites

Ryan Reynolds filming in Cape Town. Photo courtesy warrenski

Hollywood put the spotlight on Cape Town early last year when it came to Cape Town to film the big blockbuster Safe House. The movie, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, was originally due to be filmed in South America but the story was adapted to suit Cape Town once the producers and director realised that our environment and industry were more conducive to their needs. The film, which opened in South African cinemas in February, has caused a lot of excitement among those who love the Mother City. We took to Facebook to get your thoughts on Safe House and the Cape Town sites in the film.

Safe House centres on a young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) who is tasked with looking after ex-CIA agent turned criminal (Denzel Washington) in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his assignment. The film sees the stars make their way around the city of Cape Town, and includes shots of some of the city’s most well-known sites. From a thrilling car chase on Western Boulevard, to a restaurant scene with Table Mountain in the background, to an action-packed soccer match at Cape Town Stadium, Safe House is full of shots featuring Cape Town. 

Our Facebook fans gave the film, and the city of Cape Town, rave reviews and had a lot to say about how proud they were to see the city they loved on the big screen. “Brilliant… a must see! I’m so proud to be a Capetonian,” said Karen Hickson Mulder. Chad Christian, who grew up in Cape Town, shared his love for the city from abroad. “I’ve been living in the UK for the past seven years. I miss the Mother City so much… and even if the film didn’t get great reviews it’s the location that matters to me! Cape Town Rocks!”

It wasn’t just Capetonians who shared their joy about the film and Cape Town. We got love from all over the world, with past visitors saying how much they are looking forward to visiting again after watching the film. “I watched it twice, just to see the street scenes again, and see which [streets] I didn’t manage to cover during my last visit to Cape Town. Gosh I miss Cape Town!" said Lai Chee Kean.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, watch the trailer below to whet your film appetite.

Some fun facts about Safe House:

  • The safe house to which Denzel’s character is sent was built on a makeshift soundstage at the 3 Arts Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in Cape Town, and took nearly three months to complete.
  • The production made use of South African talent wherever it could, including for scenes with large crowds involving sometimes up to 4 000 extras.
  • One of Ryan’s favourite spots to eat was Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu. “It was so nice to be part of that community – to listen to the music and pick your raw meats and then they cook them. You can’t help but be in a good mood when you’re in Cape Town,” said Reynolds.
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