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Five films made in Wisconsin

October 14, 2021

Wisconsin is not Hollywood, but lots of films have been shot in the state, ranging from action to comedy. 

Public Enemies, a 2009 film that starred Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, was filmed in many locations in Wisconsin including Mirror Lake State Park and the State Capitol. What is now the Milwaukee County Historical Society plays a bank that gets robbed, and the “Art Deco Building” in Milwaukee is the outside of Depp’s Chicago apartment. 

While most of the film Bridesmaids was not filmed in Wisconsin the main character is from Milwaukee, and the beginning of the film does have some shots that were filmed in the city. The Art Museum and the lakefront are some of the sights featured in the beginning of the film. 

Bridesmaids was not the only film to feature the Milwaukee Art Museum. Transformers: Dark of the Moon also filmed a scene there, but this time it was Dylan Gould’s automobile gallery. The film also shot at the former Tower Automotive Site. 

Miller Park was also a site in Wisconsin featured in a film. Mr. 3000, a 2003 film, actually shot between innings of Brewers games meaning that fans were able to be extras in the film. 

UW-Madison had screen time in Back to School, a comedy that starred Rodney Dangerfield. People who watch the film can see many places from the campus and downtown Madison. 

Wisconsin has also been mentioned in movies. In Captain America: The First Avenger, there is a montage of Captain America traveling across America and Milwaukee is one of the cities he stops in. Wisconsin is also mentioned in Titanic, as Jack says he is from Lake Wissota. This cannot possibly be true though because Lake Wissota is a man-made lake that was not made until after the Titanic sank. 

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