Stars re­veal the films that have in­spired their hol­i­days

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

MANY a trip has been in­spired by a be­guil­ing back­drop or glamorous lo­ca­tion fea­tured in a movie.

And now stars, in­clud­ing ac­tors Gwyneth Pal­trow, Colin Firth and Or­lando Bloom, have re­vealed which movies have in­flu­enced their travel plans.

Pal­trow said the com­edy clas­sic Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels gave her the “urge to feel the breeze of the south of France in the sum­mer”, while Colin Firth – whose wife is Ital­ian – said La Dolce Vita made him want to go to Rome and jump into the Trevi Foun­tain, or “at least watch some­one else do it”.

Ac­tor Or­lando Bloom sin­gled out New Zealand, where he filmed The Lord of the Rings, as the “most beau­ti­ful, mag­i­cal place”.

And The Hob­bit, which is also based on JRR Tolkien’s fa­mous book, has in­spired Olympic gym­nast Louis Smith to visit the coun­try: “I lit­er­ally want to check out all of the parts of the film, go and visit the Shire and see it all in real life”, he said.

For come­di­enne Ruby Wax, it was The Pi­ano that made her want to travel to New Zealand: “It’s a ro­man­tic drama that re­ally made me want to see New Zealand. When I fi­nally did it was ev­ery bit as jaw drop­ping as it looked in the film. It’s so vir­gin and green.”

The stars re­vealed their choices as part of a cam­paign to launch Bri­tish Air­ways’ pop-up film event Silent Picturehouse.

In a sur­vey of 2 000 peo­ple, the air­line found that about 40 per­cent of filmgoers had been in­flu­enced to travel by what they see on the big screen.

The Beach, which was based on Alex Gar­land’s novel and set in Thai­land, was voted top by women and named the most in­spir­ing movie over­all, while men nom­i­nated The Hang­over as their first choice, and the over-45s voted for ro­man­tic com­edy Shirley Valen­tine.

Films in­clud­ing The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel, which was filmed in Jaipur, In­dia, In Bruges, and Cap­tain Corelli’s Man­dolin, which show­cased Greece’s stun­ning coast­line, also made it into the list.

US Open cham­pion Justin Rose said he had been in­spired to visit the Czech Repub­lic af­ter see­ing the James Bond film Casino Royale. He said of the dra­matic land­scapes: “They are so mys­te­ri­ous.”

A child­hood favourite is also re­spon­si­ble for ac­tress Kara Toin­ton’s love of Aus­tria. She says: “We watched The Sound of Mu­sic con­stantly while grow­ing up. The open­ing cred­its trans­port you through th­ese in­cred­i­ble crane shots fly­ing through the Alps and over Salzburg be­fore Julie bursts into The Hills Are Alive.” – Daily Mail

The Sound of Mu­sic RUGGED: Lord of the Rings fans can ap­pre­ci­ate the nat­u­ral beauty of New Zealand and Mount As­pir­ing National Park on South Is­land.

PIC­TURE: SHUTTERSTOCK

WORTH ITS SALT: Salzburg in Aus­tria. travel to Aus­tria.

in­spired ac­tress Kara Toin­ton, inset, to

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