Turner Field has attracted a fair share of famous fans over the years. It’s also been the site of several movie projects since the recent boom in filming activity.
With the Atlanta Braves preparing to relocate we decided to reflect on some of the famous folks who have visited over the years.
Actor John Goodman appeared in two movies that have shot scenes there: “Trouble With the Curve” starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake; and “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington. Both were released in 2012.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution happened to interviewed Goodman about his role in a quirky 2013 Coen brothers project called “Inside Llewyn Davis” not long after the Braves announced their impending move to Cobb County.
“I hate to see it,” he said then. “I’ve always liked the Ted. I’ve always liked the Braves, unless they’re playing my Cardinals.”
Here’s a look at some of the notables spotted cheering, filming or performing at the soon-to-be former home of the Braves.
Jason Bateman, who’s in town working on a new Netflix series, “Ozark,” was at the ballpark recently.
President and Mrs. Carter are frequently spotted fans.
Michael Keaton was in Atlanta in 2015 filming “The Founder,” about McDonald’s visionary Ray Kroc, and found a little time to work in a trip to Turner Field. He sat near the Pittsburgh Pirates’ dugout.
We were told at the time that Pirates manager Clint Hurdle threw Keaton a ball that had been signed by Pirates pitcher AJ Burnett.
“He was really gracious with fans as he was leaving, posing for pictures and signing autographs,” a Ted tipster reported.
Look at what fun Bill Murray had at Turner Field recently!
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. went all suns-out-guns-out during a 2004 game.
Ludacris reminded everyone how much his pinky was worth when he performed after a 2011 Braves game. He was joined by Jermaine Dupri, Ciara and DJ Khaled.
Actress Bella Thorne and other members of a teen movie filming in Atlanta, “The Duff,” cheered on the Braves in 2014.
The group, including Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bianca Santos, Nick Eversman and Skyler Samuel, at Turner Field and reports a long line of young fans turned up to take selfies with Bella, who also appeared in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore movie “Blended.” It filmed partly in metro Atlanta.
“Nothing like a good game and hot dog,” Thorne posted on Instagram with this photo of her in Braves apparel and enjoying classic ballpark fare.
Run-D.M.C.’s Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels kicked it old school in a post-game concert in 2013.
For just under an hour, the pair stalked the makeshift stage – admirably assembled in about 20 minutes after the extra-innings Braves win – and sounded fluid and energetic as they rolled through hits like “It’s Like That,” “It’s Tricky,” “Mary Mary” and “King of Rock.”
British pop singer Charli XCX – known to casual fans as the key to the hook on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and the voice behind the teen dream stomper “Boom Clap” – performed on a makeshift stage in the outfield in 2015.
Author John Grisham was in Atlanta for a 2004 benefit showing of his Little League movie “Mickey,” and threw out the first pitch.
Gilles Marini, who plays Sebastien on the locally produced Lifetime show “Devious Maids,” dusted himself off for a night at Turner Field in 2015.
John Smoltz had retired by the time “The Change-Up,” with Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Ryan Reynolds also filmed a scene at Turner Field in 2010, but the longtime Braves pitcher and Cy Young Award winner suited back up for a cameo as himself. Alas, Smoltzie was left on the cutting room floor.
Kevin Costner was in Atlanta in 2016 filming “Hidden Figures,” a movie about the key role a group of African American women played in the days of NASA’s early space missions. But Costner is of course also known for baseball themed movies such as “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams.” So naturally he found time to visit Turner Field during his time here.
And of course there’s the guy the place is named after and his former wife. Back when Ted Turner owned the Braves and was married to actress-activist Jane Fonda, the couple could often be spotted on game nights.