Las Vegas Set-Jetting: Recreate Jason Bourne, Ocean’s Eleven and Other Movie Fantasies
Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon attracted crowds while filming at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the thrilling, action-packed fifth installment of the Bourne series that hit theaters July 29. This isn’t the first time the AAA Five Diamond resort has played host to Hollywood. MGM Resorts International properties Bellagio, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay also have been used as sets for several notable Las Vegas-centric films.
With the “set jetting” trend of travel plans revolving around popular movie set destinations on the rise, we thought readers would be interested to learn how they can recreate favorite scenes from popular movies at iconic Las Vegas properties:
- Jason Bourne (2016)
Excitement built throughout the course of filming the popular spy-action movie series as visitors gathered to catch a glimpse of Matt Damon, who returned for the blockbuster franchise’s fifth installment. Intense scenes were shot throughout ARIA’s convention space, casino and valet in addition to an unbelievable chase sequence along Las Vegas Blvd, featured in the movie’s trailer.
Insider Tip: To explore the entire ARIA campus as seen in Jason Bourne, take a tour of its Fine Art Collection, with pieces by renowned artists Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer and Tony Cragg spread throughout the lobby, restaurant corridor and entrances.
- Finding Mr. Right 2 (2016)
Bellagio’s Fountains, Chairman’s Suite, Casino, Lobby; MGM Grand Pool; The Mirage’s North Valet, Lobby; New York-New York’s Village Eateries
The follow-up to Finding Mr. Right, China’s hit 2013 romantic comedy, follows star-crossed pen pal companions who unwittingly begin a correspondence over a book. The main characters, a casino hostess in Macau and real estate broker in Los Angeles, nearly cross paths in Las Vegas multiple times. Scenes were filmed at the famed Fountains of Bellagio, MGM Grand’s pool and New York-New York’s Village Eateries.
Insider Tip: In the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand, cross paths with guests enjoying intimate dipping pools, daybeds, banquets, tricked-out bungalows and party cabanas.
- Last Vegas (2013)
ARIA’s Sky Villas, Casino Floor, LIQUID Pool Club
Starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas, “Last Vegas” used ARIA to tell the story of four best friends attempting to relive their glory days. The gang vacationed like VIPs in ARIA’s Sky Villas, judged a sexy swimsuit competition at LIQUID Pool Lounge and tested their luck at a high-stakes poker table.
Insider Tip: Let loose like the group at LIQUID Pool Lounge, where a DJ keeps the energy high at this upscale adults-only environment with two luxury VIP pools for sophisticated poolside fun.
- Now You See Me (2013)
ARIA’s Porte Cochere, Sky Villas, Casino Floor
The 2013 thriller about a group of world-famous illusionists filmed its intense FBI heist scenes throughout ARIA. The four main stars were grilled by agents in one of the two-story Sky Villas, and arrested on the main casino floor.
Insider Tip: To live luxuriously like the magicians in the film, book a stay in ARIA’s Sky Suites. Enjoy incredible amenities, breathtaking views of The Strip and a private pool reserved exclusively for guests of the Sky Suites.
- Rocky Balboa (2006)
Mandalay Bay Events Center
This 2008 sequel to one of the most beloved movie series of all time follows Rocky Balboa’s return to the ring as a formerly retired fighter preparing to box a reigning heavyweight. Rocky Balboa filmed its pinnacle fight scene between Rocky and Mason Dixon at Mandalay Bay’s Events Center, in the same arena that UFC hosts its fights.
Insider Tip: Visit Mandalay Bay’s Events Center to see music’s most famous names perform, including Journey on August 27 and Sia on October 7. For those looking to experience a UFC fight, the new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena between New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be hosting UFC 202 on August 20.
- Ocean’s Trilogy (2001-2007)
Bellagio’s Casino Floor, Bellagio’s Fountains
Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen feature Hollywood’s most legendary talent, in addition to some of The Strip’s most quintessential resorts. Danny Ocean and his crew plan a vault heist in Bellagio in Ocean’s Eleven, featuring extensive shots of the casino floor and the famous Fountains show. Bellagio’s executive offices make an appearance in Ocean’s Thirteen, as well.
Insider Tip: Members of MGM Resorts’ M Life Rewards Program can select the song for The Fountains of Bellagio show, so they can earn points and recreate the final scene of Ocean’s Eleven.