Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz have spent the week in the Lofoten Islands to record a new Hollywood movie.
“The script was written 10 years ago, and it was planned to be recorded in Norway all along. We simply couldn’t find anything as stunningly beautiful as the nature here”, producer for the movie “Downsizing”, Mark Johnson, says to NRK (article only in Norwegian).
The Lofoten Islands was an easy location choice for the upcoming movie “Downsizing”. The movie features the big stars and Oscar winning actors Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz, famous for movies like “Good Will Hunting” and “Django Unchained” respectively, in the lead roles.
This is not Matt Damon’s first encounter with Norway and Norwegians. Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie was in last year’s “The Martian” where Damon played the lead role.
“Downsizing” is a social satire about a man who thinks his life would have been better if he were to shrink himself. In addition to Damon and Waltz, the film also features famous names like Jason Sudeikis, Kristin Wiig, Alec Baldwin and Neil Patrick Harris.
Producers and tourism operators in the Lofoten Islands think “Downsizing” can lead to increased tourism in the region, which according to NRK has a million visitors between April and September.
The scenes shot in Northern Norway was filmed on board of a yacht in Trollfjorden, where Norwegian extras also joined. Among them, Lena Kvitvik.
“I’m looking forward to being on a set of this size”, she tells NRK.
Steinar Jøraandstad has been hired as local producer. He thinks the movie will play a tremendous role for Norway as a movie location.
“It’s important to show that we are ‘yes-towns’. There are several rights that need to be cleared, and a healthy cooperation with the locals is crucial. I think and hope this can lead the way for more productions here”, he says to NRK.
Producer Mark Johnsen agrees, and compares with what “The Lord of the Rings” has meant for New Zealand.
“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is the most important thing that have happened for tourism on New Zealand ever”, he says.
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life, or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.
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