Movie Scenes Shot in Downtown Grand Rapids

James Franco

          James Franco

Hollywood movie crews were seen filming in downtown Grand Rapids again from the new movie “Why Him?”


The Grand Rapids special events office issued permits for filming downtown for Friday, March 4th. Two police escorts accompanied movie personnel as they filmed scenes at Monument Park (Fulton and Division), as well as throughout the streets in the downtown area.

“Why Him?” is a comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston.  It takes place over the holidays as a Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a bitter rivalry for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco).

It wasn’t too long ago that Grand Rapids and West Michigan were the location to shoot movies such as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Red Dawn” and the “Transformers”.  In the summer of 2015, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that ended the Michigan Film Tax Credits.  The tax credits were designed to bolster Michigan’s film industry, and attract Hollywood directors to Michigan for shooting their movies.

Nice to see Grand Rapids hosting a Hollywood film crew once again!





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