Utah landscape creates backdrop for Hollywood magic
It was a really cool exercise because I’d been a big fan of [his and] their work. I was actually talking about how well it’s working this morning. You would have to make a sequel out of every Sandy Bullock movie because every movie she touches is gold. Who knows, maybe my character would be Sandra or Melissa’s lover in a sequel.
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Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, writing , (Ford) had an unrivaled eye for landscape, and famously used Monument Valley as the site for his Westerns, camping out with cast and crew, the company eating from a chuck wagon and sleeping in tents. Wayne told me that making a Ford Western was like living in a Western. Monument Valley became such a popular backdrop for Westerns that locals began to refer to the nearby town of Kanab as ” Utah’s Little Hollywood ,” according to Utah.com. More than 100 movies including “Maverick” and both the 1968 and 2001 “Planet of the Apes” have been shot in this small town on Utah’s southern border. John Carter, one of the more recent films to spotlight the area, used Utahs famous red-rock deserts to recreate the red planet of Mars. Walking along the streets of Kanab, visitors can see movie memorabilia posted in shop windows or visit the Little Hollywood Museum . The town even has its own Walk of Fame that hosts the names of notable actors and directors who filmed in Kanab including Wayne, Ronald Regan and Glenn Ford.
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