Lanaux Mansion On-Screen
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
In 2007 the Lanaux Mansion was a location for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the Paramount Pictures movie starring Brad Pitt. Bill Doyle, supervising location manager for Paramount, had decided that the mansion’s historic exterior, cast-iron balconies, cypress shutters and original solid walnut door made it the perfect setting for the home of Benjamin Button’s father, played by Jason Fleming.
Ruth Bodenheimer, owner of the mansion, initially didn’t want anything to do with the production. She didn’t think she could bear the idea that something could happen to the home. But after much perseverance by the film’s production team, she agreed.
Because of the mansion’s priceless antiques, shooting was restricted to the exterior and lobby. For the rest of the interior scenes, Paramount took the measurements of the entire 11,000-square-foot home and built a set exactly to the home’s dimensions.It looked so authentic that when Ms. Bodenheimer walked on to the set at New Orleans Studios, she said it looked as if they had picked up the house and moved it there.
David Fincher, the director of the film, had said that the kind of ambiance created by the Lanaux Mansion was the reason he came to New Orleans to shoot the film.
» Read The Times-Picayune Article about the Lanaux Mansion as a character in the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
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The Lanaux Mansion has been a featured setting for the movies “Cat People” and “The Unholy” and for television features including “The Hauntings of Louisiana”, “If Walls Could Talk” and “The John Folse Cooking Show.”