A couple of months ago we wrote about the glamorous side of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS; LD hub page). Whilst we found a lot of movies that were filmed at the famous airport, we weren’t sure about most of the locations. So this time, when we visited the airport, we got some professional advice – directly from the airport’s PR team.
The films below were partially filmed at the airport. For most of them, you can still get to the exact location they were filmed at:
- Up in the Air (with George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick)
Filmed during the day. A ‘walkway’ scene was filmed in the D1 to D14 gates section (which unfortunately is currently closed – but you can see “into” it from the main D concourse)
- The Mexican (with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and James Gandolfini)
Filmed after hours; one scene was filmed on top of the escalators area in terminal 1, concourse D
- Ocean’s Thirteen (with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon)
This is the film with the most precise location at the airport as you can clearly see the gate in the scene: it’s gate D26. We were told they shot there for one day but if you are looking for the “lucky” slot machine you see in the movie, then you’re out of luck as the film crew brought that with them. By the way the D26 area is also a nice spot to peak over at the new terminal that’s currently under construction.
- Rush Hour (with Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Ken Leung)
Filmed in terminal 2
- Fools Rush In (with Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek and Jon Tenney)
Filmed in terminal 2
Interestingly, we were told there were numerous reality TV shows that were also filmed at the airport. They include Paris Hilton, M.C. Hammer, The Kardashians, MTV Real World and the season finale of The Amazing Race 2009.
Unfortunately if you think spotting one of these movie or TV stars at the airport is easy we have to disappoint you. Because the airport has an entirely separate area for high rollers and (super-)stars, the chance of you spotting someone famous is very slim. However, those who still want to be among the crowd and therefore do arrive at the public side of the airport are most likely to exit through the limo pick-up area on level zero. Don’t hold your breath though! But do let us know when you spot one – good luck!