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Local cast, crew, and legislatures celebrate Iron Man 3

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Local cast, crew and legislatures celebrated Iron Man 3 with its film makers Sunday night at Mayfair Cinema 16.

There were a total of six screenings of the blockbuster, with an estimated 1,4000 people in attendance.

“Iron Man 3 is a North Carolinian product,” said Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. “The entire movie was made in this great state.”

Although the movie filmed in its entirety in the Tar Heel state, one of the film’s master minds shared some of its movie magic.

“”We doubled North Carolina for all sorts of locations. We made Afghanistan, and Florida, Tennessee, California,” said Charles Newirth, Executive Producer of Iron Man 3.

Newirth says North Carolina offers tremendous variety, a talented crew base, and great infrastructure.

He says shooting in Wilmington was one of the best experiences he’s had filming a project, on and off the set.

“I’d love to come back here. My family would really love to come back here,” said Newirth.

State leaders are hoping other production companies and film studios feel the same way after working here.

“Just to see North Carolina on film is really exciting. More of this has to happen in this great state so that more people really know how fabulous it is,” said Sharron Allred Decker, North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce.

Leaders say the state’s film incentives are a huge draw of productions of companies like Iron Man 3 when choosing a location.

“That’s a very attractive to get them here so we have to be very careful and mindful of how we use that and its availability I think is important,” said Decker.

Film makers agree on the attractiveness of the incentives.

“An element that was very important to us was the film incentives. I know that is a little up in the air right now, but that also contributed to us coming here,” said Newirth.

Film makers and state leaders both agree, a film lasts longer then its run on the big screen and the affects can be felt for years.

To attract tourists, VisitNC.com will have an Iron Man 3 itinerary up, starting May 1st. The itinerary will list all the locations the crew used in the creation of the movie so fans of the film and marvel.

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