There are so many amazing movies that were made in Austin, Texas! we already highlighted Bandslam, Miss Congeniality and Dazed and Confused. Now, we move on to the 1999 classic. Varsity Blues!
Shot in 1998, the movie was fictionally set in West Canaan, Texas, but was actually filmed in Coupland and Elgin, with two memorable scenes filmed in Austin proper.
The film features James Van Der Beek, who starred in Dawson’s Creek At the time, Scott Caan, son of James Caan, Paul Walker, in his first significant role (RIP), and Ron Lester, who apparently upset Beek’s agents because he was stealing the film (also RIP). In case you live under a rock and aren’t familiar with this movie, it revolves around the world of high school football in Texas. Enough talk.
Let’s talk varsity blues filming locations.
The West Canaan High School scenes were actually filmed in the Elgin Independent School District (located at 1002 West 2nd Street, Elgin). In this Street View shot, you can clearly see the water tower also seen in the movie.
Downtown West Canaan, where Tweeder pulls up in a police car full of naked sophomores, is downtown Elgin.
Coyote Stadium where football games were held was a football field in Georgetown that has since been demolished. It was located at East Morrow Street and Stadium Drive, Georgetown.
The homes of Lance Harbor and Jonathan Moxon are located in Coupland.
Mox House: 380 North Broad Street, Coupland
Lance’s home: 102 North Broad Street, Coupland
You can also cross the bridge that the children pass on their way to school. It is located at County Road 456 in Coupland.
Jules works at Austin’s Top notch drive in, best known for appearing on Dazed and confused. It is located at 7525 Burnet Road, Austin.
But the most memorable scene took place at Austin’s famous gentlemen’s club, The Landing Strip, located at 745 US 183, Austin.
Here are some fun facts we learned about the movie while doing our varsity blues Investigation of filming locations:
Chris Klein was up for the role of Mox. We didn’t think it was possible for someone to have a worse accent than James “I don’t want your life” Van Der Beek but after watching Chris Klein on Netflix’s sweet magnoliasin fact it is possible.
According to a VH1 interview with Lester, Van Der Beek’s arm wasn’t exactly up to scratch. So he drafted a quarterback from the University of Texas as a backup. No one is listed in the credits, but at the time, Major Applewhite was the starter for the Longhorns.
When Lance hits the can on his dad’s head with a perfect spiral (and Mox breaks his dad’s nose), the can is appropriately an old Lonestar can.
Blink and you’ll miss him, but the kid in that scene calling Mox a chicken is a youngster. Jesse Plemons.
The guys who announce Coyote games were real football announcers from Central Texas. In all of their scenes, they both sport Justin Boot Company hats.
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