L.A.'s Famous '(500) Days of Summer' Bench Closed in Budget Cuts
This story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Ever since (500) Days of Summer was released in 2009, a downtown L.A. park bench that's central to the film's love story has been a tourist draw, particularly for fans looking to re-create the iconic shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as they gaze across the city together. But the sloped grassy expanse, called Angel's Knoll, was fenced off and closed July 30 due to state cutbacks. (The defunded Community Redevelopment Agency could no longer maintain it.)
Among the mourners is director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) for whom (500) Days was his career breakout: "I don't know enough about civic agencies, and God knows budgets are difficult things to manage -- and, let's be honest, maybe there are better things to spend money on. But you know what? I'll miss my bench."