Celebs at Turner Field over the years

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in a still from “Trouble With the Curve,” which did some filming at Turner Field. Photo: Keith Bernstein

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.

John Goodman, Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in a still from "Trouble With the Curve." Photo: Keith Bernstein

John Goodman, Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in a still from “Trouble With the Curve.” Photo: Keith Bernstein

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.

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 11: Jason Bateman watches the game against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field on June 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cubs won 8-2. (Photo by Kyle Hess/Beam/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 11: Jason Bateman watches the game against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field on June 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cubs won 8-2. (Photo by Kyle Hess/Beam/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

President and Mrs. Carter are frequently spotted fans.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn at the Braves home opener on April 8, 2011. AJC file photo: Jason Getz

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn at the Braves home opener on April 8, 2011. AJC file photo: Jason Getz

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.

 Photo by Patrick Duffy/Pouya Creative/Atlanta Braves

Photo by Patrick Duffy/Pouya Creative/Atlanta Braves

Look at what fun Bill Murray had at Turner Field recently!

Bill Murray and his new friend at the Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field on June 11. Photo by Kyle Hess/Beam/Atlanta Braves/Getty Image

Bill Murray and his new friend at the Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field on June 11. Photo by Kyle Hess/Beam/Atlanta Braves/Getty Image

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. went all suns-out-guns-out during a 2004 game.

AJC file photo: W.A. Bridges Jr.

AJC file photo: W.A. Bridges Jr.

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.

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Getty Images

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.

Bella Thorne posted this fun photo in 2014.

Bella Thorne posted this fun photo in 2014.

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.”

AJC Photo: Melissa Ruggieri

AJC Photo: Melissa Ruggieri

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.

AJC photo: Melissa Ruggieri

AJC photo: Melissa Ruggieri

Author John Grisham was in Atlanta for a 2004 benefit showing of his Little League movie “Mickey,” and threw out the first pitch.

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AJC file photo: Sunny Sung

Gilles Marini, who plays Sebastien on the locally produced Lifetime show “Devious Maids,” dusted himself off for a night at Turner Field in 2015.

Photo credit: Pouya Dianat/Pouya Creative/Atlanta Braves

Photo credit: Pouya Dianat/Pouya Creative/Atlanta Braves

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.

Photo: ryan-reynolds.com

Photo: ryan-reynolds.com

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.

 AJC file photo

AJC file photo

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whatisit
whatisit

such wonderful memories at Turner Field...a fantastic baseball team played there...owned by a man who truly cared about the game for Atlanta...it was always fun to catch him and Jane at the games...I am sure had he known (or been told the truth) where all this would end up...he would not have sold...who are the owners now?  corporate suits? Thank you Ted Turner for all your years with the Braves...

JoycePatton
JoycePatton

KUDO'S to Ted Turner for giving us the years of fun seeing the Braves the way they were. Sad to even think about the Braves now versus being owned by Ted Turner he was a real sport.