Lately, local social media feeds have been a’ flutter with the news that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are currently residing in Budapest, while Kunis shoots The Spy Who Dumped Me. Fans have documented Mr. Kutcher food shopping in Buda, near the house they are reportedly renting. As far as we know, this is the actor’s first time in Budapest, so we’ve put together a bucket list of things to do, based on his most popular parts.
In The Butterfly Effect, Kutcher finds himself trapped in multiple alternate realities, and has to rely on his ingenuity and intelligence to set his life straight. With that in mind, one of Budapest’s famous and unique ‘escape rooms’ should be a cinch. This attraction, where the participants must solve puzzles and follow clues in order to escape a locked room, has proven hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. Some ambitious companies are even exporting the idea to other parts of Europe.
In Just Married, Kutcher plays half of a newlywed couple on a disastrous honeymoon in Europe. The pair watches their relationship disintegrate as they trek across France and Italy (yet weirdly misses Budapest). Perhaps things would have turned out much different had they chilled a bit and taken a room at Budapest's Gellért Hotel, famous for their indoor and outdoor thermal baths and wellness center. What could be more relaxing and romantic than a hot bath, massage, and room looking out over the Danube? No amount of arguing can withstand that kind of couples' team building.
Finally, as a nod to Mila Kunis’s most famous role of up-and-coming ballerina Lily in Black Swan, we recommend an evening of ballet at the Hungarian State Opera. One of the city’s most iconic sites and film locations, the State Opera is also home the the Hungarian National Ballet. Kutcher may even catch a performance of Swan Lake, which plays there from time to time. Built in 1884, the State Opera House has nurtured talents like Ferenc (Franz) Liszt, Béla Bartók, and Gustav Mahler. Using 7 kilograms of gold in its interior decorations, it is said to be one of the most beautiful opera houses both inside and out in Europe.
Ashton Kutcher, the city welcomes you. If you happen to have free time and still find yourself at a loss for what to do, just give us a shout.
Flatpack Films is based in Budapest, Hungary. We are a film company that offers an inspiring and professional work atmosphere for our local and international clients. Since our inception, our focus has been providing the best of the best in terms of local production resources, locations, cast, and technical teams to ensure that whatever the production we facilitate, we do to highest standard possible.