In the footsteps of Scarlett Johansson

Revealed at the age of fourteen, Scarlett Johansson has made her mark on the film scene with her many qualities. A little trip in the footsteps of the American actress and singer.
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Scarlett Johansson at the movies

PiPi Campground – The Horse Whisperer

As a young girl physically and psychologically scarred by an accident that took the life of her best friend, Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson), urged on by her mother Annie (Kristin Scott-Thomas), will meet the mysterious “horse whisperer ” (Robert Redford) in Montana and rebuild her life. The famous PiPi Campground is actually built in the El Dorado National Forest in California. Covering nearly 2,415 km2, this immense area is protected by the United States Forest Service. Robert Redford’s passion for horses is real, so much so that during the filming of the new version of Pete’s Dragon, the actor saved a horse. He was tied to a wooden fence on the side of the highway and clearly mistreated. Grace’s father’s interpreter first mandated someone to find the owner, without success. Taking matters into his own hands, Robert Redford decided to take care of taking the animal back to a shelter for treatment.

Address: Somerset, California, USA

Park Hyatt Tokyo – Lost in Translation

Park Hyatt Tokyo - Photo Wikimedia Commons by moore
Park Hyatt Tokyo – Photo Wikimedia Commons by moore

Visiting Japan to shoot a commercial, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is staying in this very luxurious hotel in Tokyo. There he met Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the New York Bar, which opened in 1995. The view is splendid, but above all the complex owes its success largely to this film by Sofia Coppola. The glass atrium of the Peak Lounge is a must during your visit to this beautiful building. The Shabu Zen restaurant and the Shibuya district also offer nice places for a visit in the footsteps of Lost in Translation!

Address: 3 Chome-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Nola’s (Scarlett Johansson) apartment – Match Point

Clarence Gate Gardens - Wikimedia Commons photo by Mike Quinn
Clarence Gate Gardens – Wikimedia Commons photo by Mike Quinn

After her separation with Tom (Matthew Goode), Nola (Scarlett Johansson) occupies this building. It is also here that she meets Chris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) again, until the day he ends their relationship, in a gesture of extreme violence. In the film, this building, located just off Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, is described as cheap. In reality, it’s a little bit different…

Address: Clarence Gate Gardens, 5 Glenworth Street, London, UK

Abandoned buildings – The Island

Abandoned buildings - The Island with Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor
Abandoned buildings – The Island

The ruined buildings in which Jordan (Scarlett Johansson) and Lincoln (Ewan McGregor) sleep after leaving the underground complex are in Rhyolite. Founded in 1904 during the gold rush, the city was suddenly deserted in 1908 for economic reasons. According to the legend, when several gold seekers, returning empty-handed, cried out “there is no more gold here”, the city of 8,000 inhabitants built in only four years was abandoned in record time, as if it were only a vulgar camp. Only a few die-hards remained in the city until 1924, when the last inhabitant died.

Address: Rhyolite, Nevada, USA

Lancaster Gate Mitre – Scoop

Mitre Lancaster Gate - Flickr photo by Ewan Munro
Mitre Lancaster Gate – Flickr photo by Ewan Munro

Sid (Woody Allen) and Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) meet in this 19th century pub to discuss their new discoveries. This is the second time that a character played by Woody Allen in a comedy dies at the end of the film, after Love and Death in 1975.

Address: 24 Craven Terrace, Lancaster Gate, London, UK

Bethesda Terrace – Marvel’s Avengers

It is on the balcony overlooking the famous fountain that the Avengers split up at the end of the film: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) teleports himself to Asgard, taking the cosmic cube Tesseract and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in chains. It’s hard to do so, but you’ll travel in a different way by strolling down the stairs or in the beautiful alleyway just across the street. For the final battle, real soldiers took part in the filming. A total of 25 members of the 391st Military Police Battalion based in Euclid, Ohio, appear on screen to help the Avengers.

Address: 72 Terrace Drive, New York, USA

Scarlett Johansson in music videos

In addition to her talents as a film actress, Scarlett Johansson has also appeared in a number of video clips, both as an actress and as a singer.

Parking – Falling Down by Scarlett Johansson

In addition to her multiple roles in movies, Scarlett Johansson likes to try her hand at singing. Performer of several solo songs, the actress sang in a group with The Singles, then joined forces with Pete Yorn on several duets. The video for Falling Down, his first track released in 2008, shows the artist coming out of the parking lot overlooking Cole Avenue of The Studio, a photography studio in Los Angeles, located at 6442 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Address: 6442 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA

Statue of Liberty – When the Deal Goes Down by Bob Dylan

Shot like a vintage holiday film, the clip presents the pretty Scarlett Johansson sailing on the waves with the Statue of Liberty in her sights. A gift from France to the United States in 1886, his real name is Liberty Enlightening the World. For the record, this great lady wears 879, size on a human scale. Concerning his face, Auguste Bartholdi was inspired by his mother’s, Charlotte.

Address: Liberty Island, New York, USA

Los Angeles Theatre – What Goes Around… Comes Around of Justin Timberlake

Once again, Justin Timberlake talks about a painful breakup. After Cry Me a River in 2002 following her separation from Britney Spears, the ex-member of NSYNC sings her sorrow again after the departure of Elisha Cuthbert in 2007. As the protagonist of the clip, Scarlett Johansson takes the place of Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend. Directed by Samuel Bayer, known for his remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street but also for directing Nirvana in the video Smells Like Teen Spirit, the video, almost 10 minutes long, looks like a real movie. Rumour has it that Cameron Diaz, then in a relationship with Justin Timberlake, broke up with the singer following Scarlett Johansson’s participation in the video. Opened in 1931, this historic 2,000-seat theatre is far from unknown on the small or big screen. Before Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith shot Jaded there, while the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels, starring the said Cameron Diaz, places part of the plot in the building.

Address: 615 South Broadway, Los Angeles, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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