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If Movies That Were Shot In Vancouver Were Actually Set In Vancouver

No more hidden identity.

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Vancouver has a bustling film industry, but the city rarely gets to play itself in films or TV shows. Filmmaker Tony Zhou explores why Vancouver "Never Plays Itself" in this video as part of his online video essay series, Every Frame a Painting.

So... what would happen to well-known movies filmed in Vancouver if the city had actually played itself?

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

If it was set in Vancouver: Renesmee’s baby pictures would include her in a Canuck’s onesie, a photo of them out on stroll in Stanley park (on a cloudy day), and Renesmee posing with the penguins at the Vancouver aquarium — right before she tried to bite one.
Summit Entertainment

If it was set in Vancouver: Renesmee’s baby pictures would include her in a Canuck’s onesie, a photo of them out on stroll in Stanley park (on a cloudy day), and Renesmee posing with the penguins at the Vancouver aquarium — right before she tried to bite one.

2. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

If it was set in Vancouver: Percy would have ridden an Ogopogo instead of a Hippokampus.
20th Century Fox

If it was set in Vancouver: Percy would have ridden an Ogopogo instead of a Hippokampus.

3. Juno

If it was set in Vancouver: Juno would have been drinking litres of Canada Dry ginger ale instead of gallons of Sunny-D before taking the pregnancy tests. The upside: the ginger ale would probably help with morning sickness.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

If it was set in Vancouver: Juno would have been drinking litres of Canada Dry ginger ale instead of gallons of Sunny-D before taking the pregnancy tests.

The upside: the ginger ale would probably help with morning sickness.

4. 50 Shades Of Grey

If it was set in Vancouver: Ana's safe word would have been "Poutine."
Universal Pictures

If it was set in Vancouver: Ana's safe word would have been "Poutine."

5. I, Robot

If it was set in Vancouver: Spooner's "vintage" Converse would be replaced with a pair of Sorrel waterproof duck boots.
20th Century Fox

If it was set in Vancouver: Spooner's "vintage" Converse would be replaced with a pair of Sorrel waterproof duck boots.

6. Godzilla

If it was set in Vancouver: The MUTO would have looked like a giant earwig.
Warner Bros. Pictures

If it was set in Vancouver: The MUTO would have looked like a giant earwig.

7. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

If it was set in Vancouver: Caesar wouldn't have escaped into the Redwood forest and would have brought the apes to Golden Ears Provincial Park.
20th Century Fox

If it was set in Vancouver: Caesar wouldn't have escaped into the Redwood forest and would have brought the apes to Golden Ears Provincial Park.

8. 2012

If it was set in Vancouver: Even less people would have known about Jackson Curtis' book because CanLit. (Which is a tragedy in-and-of itself.)
Sony Pictures

If it was set in Vancouver: Even less people would have known about Jackson Curtis' book because CanLit.

(Which is a tragedy in-and-of itself.)

9. The Cabin In The Woods

If it was set in Vancouver: Pretty much the same but the quality of the weed would have improved.
Lionsgate

If it was set in Vancouver: Pretty much the same but the quality of the weed would have improved.

10. Man Of Steel

If it was set in Vancouver: Clark would have worked at the Vancouver Sun.
Warner Bros. Pictures

If it was set in Vancouver: Clark would have worked at the Vancouver Sun.

11. X-Men: The Last Stand

If it was set in Vancouver: Wolverine would have been so happy to be back in his homeland that he would spend the majority of the movie in a Gastown bar — drinking Molson and watching Canucks games.
20th Century Fox

If it was set in Vancouver: Wolverine would have been so happy to be back in his homeland that he would spend the majority of the movie in a Gastown bar — drinking Molson and watching Canucks games.