Thursday, May 6, 2010

From the California Chronicle

The Island that's a star in it's own right ...

Renowned for its beautiful countryside, sweeping coastlines and pretty seaside towns, the wealth of locations available to movie makers on the Isle of Man have made a great contribution to the very successful and thriving British film industry.

The island has doubled as a Cornish fishing village, Scotland, London, Ireland and even the Caribbean!

Indeed, the Isle of Man itself has been the star of many great films from comedies to action adventures, sci-fi thrillers to period dramas. Whilst touring the island, why not follow in the footsteps of the island's many A-list visitors?

Just two of the number of hit films which have had scenes filmed on the Isle of Man are Miss Potter, starring Renee Zelwegger and Ewan McGregor (see picture below) and Me and Orson Welles, with Claire Danes and High School Musical star Zac Efron.

Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger paid warm tribute to the Isle of Man after filming scenes for Miss Potter.

The actress said that she had runs on the beach while on the island. Zellweger, best known for her role as Bridget Jones, said: "It's been great looking across at the ocean and I've gone for daily runs on the beach whenever the weather allowed."

Ewan McGregor added: "I've had a great time here. I've visited the bike museum -- and I've actually bought an old bike to add to my collection. It was my first visit to the Isle of Man and I thoroughly enjoyed it'

The film's publicist, Susan d'Arcy said the cast and crew had made "extensive tours" of the island and were regular visitors to local restaurants and hotels. She added that the Isle of Man museum in Douglas was a favourite visitor attraction with the cast and crew.

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