Guy Ritchie is best known for his critically acclaimed crime comedies, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Barrels’ and ‘Snatch’ that established his career back in the late 90s. Over the years, he expanded his horizons, bringing to us a diverse filmography that ranges from ‘Sherlock Holmes’ to ‘Aladdin’. However, these were usually met with mixed reviews. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Ritchie is meant for gangster comedies. After all, it is in this genre that he flourishes the most. And we definitely can’t get enough of it. Lucky for us, with his latest endeavor, ‘The Gentlemen‘, Ritchie goes back to his roots.
‘The Gentlemen’ is a classic Ritchie film in all ways possible. It is British, and it boasts of a stellar ensemble cast with big names from the industry. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant. It follows Pearson who follows a marijuana empire in London. But when he decides to retire and sell his business to dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires, things take a drastic turn.
What follows is something of a sort drug war, filled with crossings, and double crossings. Along with of course, classic Guy Ritchie style car chases and gunfights. If you’re wondering what were ‘The Gentlemen’ filming locations, you’re at the right place. Here’s everything we know.
The Gentlemen Filming Locations
Guy Ritchie’s gangster films are almost always set in Britain. ‘The Gentlemen’ is no exception, of course. The film is similar to Ritchie’s previous works not only in terms of spirit, but both visually and aesthetically. The film follows Mickey Pearson, who runs a marijuana business in London, despite originally being from U.S.
‘The Gentlemen’ was also filmed in London, almost entirely on location, barring certain scenes filmed in West London studios. The principal photography for the film began in November 2018. Back then, the film was called ‘Toff Guys’, and the shooting for the film took place across the city.
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When one thinks of London in films, one instantly thinks of grand architecture, boarding schools and romances. Of course, we do have London set ‘James Bond’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’, but these too are…more sophisticated, than the usual Hollywood action/mystery film. Guy Ritchie sure changes this perception with his gangster films, even when he has his drug lords and their right-hand men looking all dapper in suits, long coats, and even a tux.
The filming for ‘The Gentlemen’ took place as the filming ‘Toff Guys’ (the film’s previous title) in the last few months of 2018. Several locations were used for the shoot across London, particularly West London. West London Film Studios was a key location where filming took place. The filming particularly took place in Ealing Studios in West London which was established in 1902. It was around this area that Hugh Grant’s script got stolen last January.
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Apart from this, ‘The Gentlemen’ was also filmed across the city. One such location is the Southbank, beside River Thames, and in the heart of London. McConaughey, wearing a tweed suit, and Dockery, in a camel coat and trilby hat, were spotted filming a scene on the banks of the river. The filming for the scene took place during a cold, wet December night in 2018.
Another location where the filming of ‘The Gentlemen’ took place is The Prince Victoria pub in Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith. Certain scenes of the film were shot in dining room of the pub, particularly the ones where McConaughey interacts with Golding. The pub was originally built in 1829 is widely known for its atmosphere and aesthetics. The aesthetics of the pub stay strong to its Victorian roots, with its dark colour palette, and large paintings. The pub also boasts of original working fireplaces, dark stained wood Victorian tables and chairs, glittering chandeliers, and Adam Ellis botanical prints. All of these can easily be spotted in scenes that offer a backdrop as McConaughey as Pearson makes and breaks deals.
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Brompton Cemetery is another location that the film makes use of. The scene set in the cemetery featuring Golding as Dry Eye, along with his gang, were filmed here. It is a 39-acre cemetery located in west London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The cemetery was built in 1839, and is one of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries.
Another location that features scenes that include Golding as Dry Eye is the exterior of the Feng Shang Princess. It is a unique floating Chinese restaurant situated in the Cumberland Basin near Primrose Hill. It is a part of the Regent’s Canal in north London which connects the Paddington Arm to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames. Apart from these, ‘The Gentlemen’ makes use of other locations across London. But the information about those has not been revealed yet.