Ben Stiller, Walter Mitty And The Secret Life Of Iceland

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Some of Walter’s fantasies came at a price.

While Walter’s travels and the film’s gorgeous cinematography steal the show, the first act is filled with daydreams–fantasy sequences that occur when Walter “zones out.” He remains grounded, but in his mind becomes a suave, menacing hero who has no problem beating the bad guy and getting the girl. What makes the final cut was likely no cakewalk–as filming in the middle of Manhattan never seems to be–yet a more ambitious fantasy that echoes Lawrence of Arabia was scrapped for budgetary reasons. Save it for the sequel?

Mitty is not the first high-profile project to film in Iceland, nor will it be the last.

Don’t let the name fool you–Iceland’s terrain is beautiful and vast. With rolling hills, spectacular coastlines and snowcapped mountains, it is diverse enough to serve as the backdrop for a variety of films set in different locations and time periods. Over the last few years,¬†Batman Begins, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Prometheus and HBO’s Game of Thrones¬†have all shot there, as well as Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming Interstellar. Might as well start call Reykjavik “Hollywood East.”

Scarlett Johansson isn’t the only actor whose voice is making an impact this season…

Walter Mitty Patton Oswalt

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In trying to beef up his eHarmony profile, Walter develops a relationship with one of the site’s customer service reps (played by Patton Oswalt). While they only communicate over the phone, the latter comes in handy when Walter needs him most.