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Tim Burton Is So In Love With Blackpool He's Going To Turn On The Illuminations

The American director can't get enough of the Lancashire seaside town.

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Here's something you might not know about Tim Burton: He bloody loves Blackpool.

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The Edward Scissorhands director loves it so much, he's going to turn on the seaside town's famous illuminations on 4 September.

Tim Burton to Switch On Blackpool Illuminations! #Lancashire #WhereLifeFeelsGood

And it turns out Burton has been filming some scenes there for his forthcoming film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, starring Samuel L Jackson.

This is him outside the "Pasaje del Terror" tourist attraction in May.

We have been lucky today. We meet TIM BURTON at Pasaje del Terror!! #timburton #pasajedelterror #blackpool #Horror

And this is him in Tiger Bills, a Thai/Western-themed fusion restaurant.

Thank you for visitingTiger Bills Blackpool last night Tim Burton! x

And this is him apparently getting off The Big One, the 213-foot-high rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

@GranadaReports Tim burton with @campbell_sasha in Blackpool just getting off the big one

Burton's association with the town goes back to 2012 when he filmed the video for The Killers' single "Here With Me" there.

Related bonus point: Winona Ryder is in that video and looks amazing with blonde hair.

These fans got a pic with Burton while he was in town back in 2012.

me and Katie with Tim Burton today in Blackpool :)

For the uninitiated, by the way, the Blackpool illuminations are traditionally turned on every September as a way to attract more tourists as the summer trade dies down.

And a famous person is always invited to switch them on – it's kind of a Big Deal. So Burton follows in the footsteps of celebrities including Steps, Westlife, Peter Kay, and Dale Winton, who have all flicked the big switch in previous years.

Meanwhile, back in May while he was in town for the shoot, Jackson posted some inspirational pictures from his time in Blackpool.

He got to see the famous Lancashire weather up close.

Like every sensible person who visits Blackpool for the first time, he went up the Tower.

He stopped off at Uncle Tom's Cabin, a pub at the top end of the promenade, just before you get to Cleveleys. But it wasn't open, sadly.

He even – for some reason – visited the sleepy nearby town of Fleetwood and was impressed by the pro-breastfeeding sentiment.

The Independent asked Jackson what he made of his time in Blackpool and he had this diplomatic answer: "I enjoyed it, it was somewhere I hadn't been before in the UK. It was certainly visually stimulating and I love going to new places."

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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