BLUES BROTHERS 2000
About The Locations / Costumes
Cameras rolled on Blues Brothers 2000 on June 3, 1997 and continued through early September
Cameras rolled on Blues Brothers 2000 on June 3, 1997 and
continued through early September. Although the story begins in
Chicago, the action in the film spans five states-Illinois, Kentucky,
Indiana, Mississippi and Louisiana. And, the filmmakers wanted
to ensure that the places The Blues Brothers traveled, evoked
the feeling of driving from Illinois to Louisiana-an interesting
task for production designer Bill Brodie and his art department,
since the majority of the film was shot on location in and around
"Things don't change all that much when you cross a border:
cornfields are cornfields and roadside diners in Kentucky look
pretty much like roadside diners in Ontario," explains Brodie.
"Besides, as our director likes to remind people, Casablanca
was shot in Burbank."
Matching the topography became more difficult for the art department
once The Blues Brothers traveled to the more southern states;
it seems tropical plants, Spanish moss and kudzu vines aren't
exactly abundant in Ontario. A little ingenuity goes a long way
and with the delivery of five tons of authentic Spanish moss direct
from Florida, Brodie and his crew had one of the most important
elements necessary to transform a former park on the outskirts
of Toronto into the lush grounds of Queen Mousette's Louisiana
plantation. While the greensmen were dressing the grounds with
the harvested moss, kudzu vines fashioned from silk and chickenwire
and skeletons of previous visitors, Brodie and art director Dan
Yarhi were busy overseeing the construction of the facade of Queen
Mousette's mansion, a magnificent antebellum structure which exuded
all the ambiance of the plantation mansions found in the old South.
Modeled on a drawing found in an old history book, construction
of the 100 by 50foot facade took workers almost six
weeks to finish. Once the structure was in place, the painters
and set decorators took over, painting and plastering the mansion's
surface with a finish that, despite its decrepit and weatherworn
look, reflected that opulence and splendor of what it must have
looked like in its heyday. Gas lit torches, creeping vines and
even live alligators were added to enhance the look and feel of
mystery. The interior of the mansion, built on a Toronto soundstage,
reflected quite a different look. Vibrant and colorful, the inside
of Queen Mousette's, which was fashioned partly after House of
Blues, captured all the magic and spirit of the Mardi Gras. With
walls covered with Afrocentric art and largerthanlife
masks and sculptures of Albert Einstein, "Satchmo" and
a giant gorilla, the festive dwelling was the perfect location
to stage the Battle of the Bands.
"Queen Mousette is a 130yearold voodoo queen,"
explains Brodie, "so John and Dan were quite anxious that
her house reflect the mystery and magic befitting her character."
Other sets built or created for the film included the interior,
exterior and burnedout aftermath of Willie's Stripster Club,
Malvern Gasperon's junkyard and the tent site of Reverend Cleophus'
Elwood's release from prison was filmed at the Millhaven and Bath
Correctional Institutions located outside Kingston, Ontario, where,
despite the communication ban, which prevented the crew and the
inmates from speaking to one another, the inmates made their sentiments
known when they dropped a white sheet with the words "Blues
Brothers Rule" from one of the windows.
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