Hollywood in Baja: Fox Studio's New Tour Otters a Friendly, Authentic, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Moviemaking

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Hollywood in Baja: Fox Studio's New Tour Otters a Friendly, Authentic, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Moviemaking


Lansing, David, Sunset


Before boarding the great ship, a guide hands you a paper ticket with a name on it and asks you to pretend this is who you are. You may be Rosa Abbott, an Irish girl bunking in the crowded third-class steerage, or Miss Emily Evans, privileged to have more luxurious first-class quarters. For the next half hour or so, you wind your way through re-creations of the Titanic movie set, from the tight quarters where Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, stored his pad of charcoal drawings, to the rich, almost gaudy boudoir where Kate Winslet's Rose casually stacked the Picassos and Monets she was bringing back from Europe. Further along is a faux dining room with authentic looking silverware and crystal, all etched with the steamship's initials. Next is a flooded passageway where, as the water eerily rises, rats (trained, but very real) scurry to find a way out of the sinking ship. At the bow, you can reenact Jack teaching Rose how to fly, complete with a magnificent sun set in the background.

The Titanic sets are the highlight of Fox Studios Baja's Foxploration, a new movie theme park located near Rosarito on Mexico's Pacific coast, approximately 20 miles south of the border. But there are plenty of other reasons for a visit, including movie memorabilia--low slung automobiles from another DiCaprio movie, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the bow of the USS Arizona from last summer's epic, Pearl Harbor (partially filmed here).

There is behind-the-scenes movie magic too. At a simulated hot set, makeup artists, a script coach, and a director prepare you to film a scene. …

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