19 locations in Vancouver where 'The Interview' was filmed

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Blame Canada? Vancouverites should be thankful that much (or all) of North Korea’s anger and cyber attacks over the production and release of The Interview was directed at the United States.

The controversial film was created and directed by Vancouver natives Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It was also entirely filmed here in Vancouver on a $44-million production budget using Canadian talent and British Columbia’s generous film tax credits.

From October to December 2013, The Interview was shot at numerous sites in and around Vancouver:

Spoilers ahead, people.

CBC’s downtown Vancouver studios as Skylark Tonight’s studios in New York.

Skylark Tonight with “Eminem GAY?!”
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Skylark Tonight with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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The Skylark Tonight newsroom.
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CBC Vancouver studios in real life.
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The Ascot Lounge in Gastown for Skylark Tonight’s 1,000th episode party.

James Franco and Seth Rogen at the Ascot Lounge patio.
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James Franco and Seth Rogen inside the Ascot Lounge.
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Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Plaza as a public space in New York.

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Front entrance of downtown Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

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Driving southbound on Howe Street near West Georgia Street in a New York taxicab.

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Seth Rogen at the intersection of Keefer Street and Gore Avenue in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Somewhere in China.
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Vancouver in real life.
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The Richmond Night Market poses as an urban night market in China.

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Finn Slough at the southern end of No. 4 Road in Richmond became a Chinese village.

Finn Slough as a village in northeastern China.
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Finn Slough in real life.
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Seth Rogen hikes up a mountain in northeastern China… in reality, a few kilometres south of the Stawamus Chief near Squamish.

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Many of the interior shots, including the CIA headquarters, were filmed inside Burnaby’s Bridge Studios.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen exit their New York condo at 833 Homer Street in Vancouver.

A condo building in New York.
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833 Homer Street in downtown Vancouver (next to The Noodle Box restaurant).
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The Pyongyang Airport scene was filmed at Abbotsford Airport. However, the large crowd in the background was digitally borrowed and altered from 22 Jump Street. 

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Seth Rogen and Randall Park (Kim Jong-un) at Vancouver’s PNE Forum… it’s where the Supreme Leader plays basketball and keeps his personal collection of tanks and luxury cars.

As seen in ‘The Interview.’
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The PNE Forum in real life.
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The steps of the Law Courts at Robson Square became the exterior of Kim Jong-un’s presidential palace. What does that say about Arthur Erickson’s brutalist concrete architectural design?

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A lot of green screens were used to complete the presidential palace exterior at Robson Square.

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Seth Rogan, James Franco and Kim Jong-un at Robson Square today A photo posted by Paige Calvert (@pditty) on

The Crystal Pavilion at Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel became a “restaurant in Pyongyang.”

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The climatic nuclear launch and Kim Jong-un death scene was filmed at a gravel field just south of Britannia Mine Museum next to the Sea to Sky Highway.

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Seth Rogen’s encounter with a real imported Siberian Tiger was also filmed at the gravel field just south of Britannia Mine Museum.

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Both Franco and Rogen made their escape to the North Korean coast through the tunnels of Britannia Mine Museum.

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Minaty Bay at Britannia Beach provided the scenery for the SEAL Team Six escape scene.

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Fleeing North Korea… riding out of Howe Sound with SEAL Team Six.

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The end.

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BONUS: Blame Canada.

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BONUS: Vancouverites Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg named their film production company after the Vancouver high school they studied at.

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