Tom Hardy, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman and Lin-Manuel Miranda have all been pictured in Wales in recent weeks, but what brought these Hollywood megastars here?
Revenant star Tom Hardy surprised locals when he was first spotted on Barry Island – where he spent the weekend at the fairgrounds, much to the amazement of visitors.
A photo of the star was shared on the Barry Island Pleasure Park Facebook page with the caption: “Thanks to legend Tom Hardy for visiting us today and loving Barry Island as much as we do.”
Hardy then sent Welsh social media into collapse when he was pictured posing alongside police officers and with fans in a Cardiff supermarket.
Posted on the South Wales Police in Cardiff Twitter account, they said: “Ely NPT is taking a seat for lunch and guess who we are meeting.”
The actor was next seen in M&S Culverhouse Cross, where he stopped for a selfie with store staff.
Hardy was in Wales to film his latest project in Cardiff – a film called Havoc.
The plot follows a drug case gone awry and a detective who must fight his way through the criminal underworld to save the son of a prominent politician.
The film is directed by Gareth Evans, the Aberdare filmmaker behind the acclaimed martial arts thrillers The Raid and Raid 2, Apostle of Horror Michael Sheen and, most recently, Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London. .
The Netflix production also explains Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker’s latest celebrity appearance.
The Star Wars and Black Panther actor is alongside Hardy in the film and has used his free time to enjoy “beautiful Wales”.
He posted photos of himself on social media outside Tenby’s St Catherine’s Island and Penarth Pier, and he also visited Tredegar House in Newport.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has also been spotted in Wales – his third visit in recent years.
The Hamilton star first came to Wales to shoot the BBC series His Dark Materials.
He described his visit as a “joy” and kept fans informed of his travels on his social media pages.
His last visit saw him at a restaurant in Cardiff alongside actor Luis Guzmán.
He posted a photo on his Instagram account and wrote: “Two Boricua just chilled out in Cardiff… Lin Thank you for your talented talent and for being real like the real Hermano.”
Guzmán – although perhaps not as well-known as Hardy, Whitaker, and Miranda – starred alongside Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2000 thriller Traffic.
He is also known for his roles in Boogie Nights and the American version of Shameless.
Guzmán is also in Wales shooting scenes from Netflix’s Havoc, alongside Hardy and Whitaker.
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are two Hollywood stars that people always wait to appear in Wales.
In a move befitting the big screen itself, the couple became owners of Wrexham AFC earlier this year and have promised to visit the club in person.
There were rumors the pair could appear in the team’s game against Notts County last week where they won 2-0, but instead toasted on social media to celebrate the team’s first victory. Wrexham of the season.
The pandemic has limited their opportunities to cross the Atlantic, but that hasn’t already stopped them from forming affinities with Wales.
They raised the profile of the city and Wales among the stars – with the X-Men actor Hugh Jackman talks about Wrexham – we therefore do not know who could be the next superstar to be spotted on our shores.