Manila was perfect location for 'Bourne'

Posted at 07/31/2012 8:15 PM | Updated as of 08/01/2012 10:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Manila was the perfect place to shoot the upcoming Hollywood summer movie “The Bourne Legacy.”

This is what Hollywood producer Pat Crowley and award-winning director Tony Gilroy said when they picked the Philippines as one of the locations to shoot the fourth installment of the action franchise.

In a sit-down interview, Crowley and Gilroy agreed that Manila has that “Bourne” look which they had in mind for the several action scenes with leads stars Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.

“Manila was the one place that really had this great look, this very Bourne-ish gritty, gritty look,” said Gilroy.

Crowley added that they also considered Manila’s know-how in making movies.

“In making the 'Bourne' movies, we always end up going to exotic locations and the biggest strength that we found in Manila was that they had the history in making movies. They actually knew what it was like to do it," he explained.

A scene from the Hollywood movie "The Bourne Legacy"

Because of this, Crowley and Gilroy admitted that they did not have a hard time shooting actions scenes with 300 extras and 90 vehicles along three major roads in the country’s capital.

But aside from the location shoots, Crowley said they were also overwhelmed by the Filipino hospitality.

“The thing that you came away with from Manila was not just how great the locations were, the people there are amazing,” said Crowley.

Philippine producer Lope V. Juban added it also made them glad that President Beningo Aquino III is also a fan of the movie.

“We had to have Presidential approval. Fortunately he was a fan of Bourne. In fact he said, ‘Oh, Bourne,’” he shared.

A trailer of the movie released last month showed scenes shot in the Philippines. The trailer showed a nerve-gripping motorbike chase scene shot in a busy Manila street, complete with crashing jeepneys and taxis.

The film also shows agent Aaaron Cross (Renner) in hand-to-hand combat with Filipino police and security guards.

Renner said shooting in Manila “was really exciting for us and them as well, they really enjoyed us.”

But aside from what was shown in the less than three-minute trailer, Crowley and Gilroy said the movie has more to offer.

“The first three movies set the pace for this one. This one takes a look at the bigger picture of what is happening,” Crowley said.

“We’re basically pawns of the government and we find out we can't live without each other,” added Gilroy.

"The Bourne Legacy" will have its worldwide premiere in the Philippines on August 5, while its American premiere will be on August 10. – from a report by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News