Angelina Jolie is the Hollywood celebrity who had the most Hungarian media articles written about them this autumn. She has come back to Hungary to shoot a film after thirteen years. The last time she visited Hungary was in 2010, when she was directing her first film, the wartime love drama: In the Land of Blood and Honey. The film was mainly shot on Rózsák tere in the seventh district, and the area was turned into a South Slavic war site with sandbags, barricades and Yugoslav military vehicles. This year, Jolie came to Hungary to shoot a biopic about the world-famous opera singer Maria Callas, in which she is playing the title role. The drama is about the singer's last, lonely years in Paris, so this time Budapest is dressed up as the French capital.
Everyone remembers Evita
Budapest appeared first in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic Red Heat in 1988, when the Rudas spa was used for a scene set in Russia. Then, in 1996’s Evita Andrássy út, Alkotmány utca, the Keleti Railway Station and the Ethnographic Museum all had roles to play. At the time everyone was hoping to run into Madonna or Antonio Banderas somewhere in the city as they were big stars at the time.