Black Sand Beaches in Iceland
Hawaii & Iceland: One of these things is quite like the other.
Clint Eastwood is directing a feature about the Battle of Iwo Jima...in Iceland. The film, "Flags of Our Fathers," based on James Bradley's book of the same name, tells the story of the flag raisers immortalized by one of the most reproduced photographs in history.
Iwo Jima has black sand beaches and volcanic terrain, and Hawaii was Eastwood's first choice for a shooting locale. He and location manager Kokayi Ampah scouted several Hawaiian islands extensively before being tipped off by a gas station owner in Hawaii (!) that there were black sand beaches in Iceland. Which, by the way, also has a 12% production rebate.
Just another film in our growing list of losses to other locales...
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