Fact Check: Francis Scott Key Bridge Is NOT In Movie 'Leave The World Behind'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Francis Scott Key Bridge Is NOT In Movie 'Leave The World Behind' Compilation

Is Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed in March 2024, in the Netflix movie "Leave the World Behind"? No, that's not true: Publicly available footage from the movie shows that the film contains no images or footage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship. The social media post that makes this claim uses an image that is a combination of two photos that can be purchased for use. One is an image of a person sitting on a bed and looking out a window at a city skyline. The other is a nighttime image of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, taken by the Reuters news agency, after the bridge's March 26, 2024, collapse.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on Facebook on March 27, 2024. It said:

For those of you that don't know.... The Francis Scott Key bridge is the same bridge that was shown in the Netflix movie "Leave the World Behind". The production company is owned by the Obamas.

Open your eyes people ‼️‼️

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Apr 5 21:26:05 2024 UTC)

However, the picture used in the post on Facebook does not show a person looking out a window at the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The picture is a compilation of a stock image found on Freepik.com (archived here), a database of images, that shows a person sitting on a bed looking out at a city skyline. That image can be seen below:

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(Source: Freepik.com screenshot taken on Fri Apr 5 23:59:00 2024 UTC)

The image of the Francis Scott Key Bridge used in the post's picture is a Reuters photograph (archived here) that shows the bridge at night. The lights and landscape seen in the photo match the image posted on Facebook. The image is the fifth in a set of photos included at the top of the March 26, 2024, Reuters article "What do we know about Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge?" The story and photo can be seen below:

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(Source: Reuters website screenshot taken on Fri Apr 5 21:29:44 2024 UTC)

There are two scenes with a bridge in the Netflix movie "Leave the World Behind," but neither of them shows the Francis Scott Key Bridge. According to the website Atlas of Wonders (archived here), which documents filming locations, the movie was filmed in multiple locations in New York state, not in Maryland.

One scene in the movie shows hundreds of Teslas crashing into each other, and a bridge is seen in the footage. The bridge is the Jones Bay Bridge, as the Atlas of Wonders website reports here:

The Tesla crash scene was filmed on the Bay Parkway on Jones Beach Island, looking toward the Jones Bay Bridge after the Harbor Seal Watch Spot.

The bridge can be seen at the 1:05 mark in this clip of the scene posted on YouTube (archived here):

Another scene of a bridge in the movie shows Julia Roberts and Ruth Scott in a forest area that then reveals what appears to be a New York City skyline burning. The bridge in the scene looks like the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey and New York.

The entertainment news site ScreenRant.com identified where the forest scene was filmed (archived here):

Some of the scenes in Leave the World Behind required the production team to find an expansive forest area for principal photography, and they ultimately chose Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) State Park in Yorktown Heights, New York.

The FDR State Park is located about 40 miles north of New York City's George Washington Bridge, so it appears that the image of the city has been digitally added to the scene. The city image can be seen in this YouTube video (archived here), beginning at 2:30:

One aspect of the post on Facebook is true: The film's production company was Higher Ground Productions, according to IMDB (archived here), which was founded by Barack and Michelle Obama, as the company website states (archived here).

Other Lead Stories fact checks of claims about the Francis Scott Key Bridge can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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