On Location

On Location in Jackson County

Seems everyone is beginning to discover Jackson County. And that’s great. As for the Hollywood crowd, they’ve been coming here for decades and still use our area as a movie set. It’s true. In the last year, Jackson County served as the backdrop for three major Hollywood productions, including the remake of Dirty Dancing and the films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Legacy of a White Tail Deer Hunter.

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Dirty Dancing

The remake of Dirty Dancing had iconic scenes filmed at High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC. The film is set to air on the ABC network and stars Debra Messing, Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland and Colt Prattes. Fans will recognize the Inn’s dining room, lawn and iconic view of Rock Mountain throughout the reboot of this famous storyline.

 

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will hit select theaters in November. Shot partly in Jackson County, the feature is dark comedy in which a mother makes a bold move in challenging the local police department and its revered chief of police to solve the case involving the murder of her daughter. The film’s director, Martin McDonagh, is known for several other popular Hollywood films, including In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Six Shooter (2004). The film also features big name stars, such as Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage.

The Legacy of a White Tail Deer Hunter

The Legacy of a White Tail Deer Hunter, starring Josh Brolin, Danny McBride and Scoot McNairy, wrapped filming in Cashiers last year and features scenes at High Hampton Inn & Country Club. Not only will some film locations look familiar, so will some familiar faces. Extras were pulled straight from our local talent.

 

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The Fugitive

These recent big budget films aren’t the first to be filmed in Jackson County. The multi-million-dollar box office hit, The Fugitive (1993), starring Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford, was filmed in Dillsboro along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and at the C.J. Harris Regional Hospital. Wreckage from the infamous train crash scene can still be seen from the eastbound Tuckasegee River Excursions departing from Bryson City.

See? Hollywood has been heading to Jackson County for years. It’s the perfect place to come hunt down your favorite movie scenes and create a little of your own adventure. Hit up a brewery, enjoy world-class rapids or discover your favorite hike. And who knows, you just might run into your favorite movie star.

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