If you've seen '6 Underground' on Netflix recently, you must have felt like a vicarious globe trotter as the plot swung from Italy to Las Vegas, Hong Kong to the fictional Middle Eastern country of Turgistan. But don't be fooled. The scenes in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and the Middle East were all shot in Abu Dhabi.
In a new promotional video released by twofour54 today, the film's star Ryan Reynolds talks about the advantages of filming in the capital – a city, he says, can play as many places at once.
“Abu Dhabi was wild to shoot in. Because in our movie it’s California, the Middle East, it plays as Hong Kong as well.”
The film's director, Michael Bay, known for his big-budget high-octane productions, is seen in the behind-the-scenes footage, filming in locations like Louvre Abu Dhabi.
“We shot in Al Hamra – an ancient ghost city they called it – that we played for Afghanistan. And literally right around the corner we played another part for Nigeria,” he says. “It’s very versatile to have a place where literally like five minutes away it’s like a different country.”
The film’s crew also had the help of local military. Their support, according to production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, helped them film some extraordinary scenes.
“I’ve shot a lot of military stuff with Michael, but I never had the ability to have six Apache [helicopters], 10 Black Hawks and soldiers. We were able to do something pretty extraordinary with that support," he says.