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9 Eerily Realistic NYC Movie Sets Located Nowhere Near NYC

So many of your favorite TV shows and movies are set in NYC. But guess which ones were actually shot in Bulgaria?

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1. NYC, aka Bulgaria

The Nu Boyana Film Studios is one of the premiere production locations for filmmakers for both European filmmakers, and Americans willing to take a long trip to save some money. One drawback: buildings can't be taller than 20 meters, so directors need to computer animate skyscrapers. Or, shoot the real thing in Manhattan.

It is used in large part by Millennium Films. The recent Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki shot its New York exteriors here. Eliza Graves, starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess, is in production here, too.


3. NYC, aka Toronto

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One of the prime locations for TV and film production in North America, Toronto's streets often stand in for New York. In 2007, Yonge Street was made to look like Harlem for The Incredible Hulk.


The huge Brooklyn Bridge crash in The Fantastic Four? Took place on a reconstructed bridge, surrounded by blue screens. In the Pacific Northwest. Only one of the four stars of the film even made it to New York.


5. NYC, aka the Warner Bros. backlot in Los Angeles

This is Hennessy Street on the Warner Bros. backlot, made to look like old New York. Rent, Minority Report, many Batman films, Bugsy, Annie and The Road to Perdition were shot here, among many films.


8. NYC, aka the U.K.

As more and more movies get made in the U.K. — particularly at the Pinewood Studio — Northern shipping cities are being used to resemble old New York. The first Captain America had its 1940s Brooklyn scenes shot in Liverpool and Manchester.