Downtown BR becomes NYC
BATON ROUGE - Filming for the "Fantastic Four" movie sequel has a few blocks of downtown Baton Rouge shut down and transformed into New York City.
Street signs were replaced and iconic New York City items were added to Baton Rouge like phone booths and taxi cabs. By the looks of it, you'd think you were actually in the Big Apple.
"They've got the phone booths, they've got the magazine stands. It's pretty amazing. They did a great job setting up an intersection to look like New York," said Lisa Strack.
Strack's visiting Baton Rouge from Little Rock, Arkansas for a soccer tournament. She was shocked when News 2 told her that Louisiana is considered "Hollywood of the South."
"In Baton Rouge it's pretty amazing, especially when you see New York plates and a film being made in Baton Rouge. It's like any other intersection you could be at, but we're here in Baton Rouge and they're filming a movie from New York," she said. "Just kinda makes you think that you can go anywhere and a big production from New York, they don't have to stay up north. They can come down south and we can do just as good of a job as they can do up there."
You may notice yellow signs with arrows and "HENRY" on them. That's the working title for the "Fantastic Four" sequel, and it's guiding movie crews to where they need to go. Baton Rouge residents say it's nice to see their city in the Hollywood spotlight.
"It's great for the city. It's great for the state. There's a whole lot going on. It seems like everywhere you look there's something going on with the movie industry here," said Trey Williams.
The movie was supposed to shoot in Canada but switched to Louisiana instead, most likely due to film tax credits in the state. The section of Third Street and Convention Street between Florida and North Boulevards will be closed through 3 a.m. Sunday.
The "Fantastic Four" sequel hits the big screen on June 19, 2015.