The unique landscape and the building itself of the Cantacuzino Castle from Busteni made famous foreign screenwriters and actors decide that this is the perfect landscape for filming. Thus, at the end of July, 2017, the building made by Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, also called “Nababul” (“The Nabob” – e.n.), proves the perfect location for the American actor James Brolin, who is filming a new production.
Actor James Brolin, awarded with two Golden Globes, is filming the production “Family Royal” at the Cantacuzino Castle. The information has been confirmed on the presentation page of the famous castle in Busteni, few days ago; the actor will be present for filming in the Prahova County until late in July, 2017. The new movie entitled “Family Royal” tells the story of a Texan who inherits a castle in Romania, but who doesn’t want to waive his life as a farmer. The location of this castle, its construction and story seemed to fit perfectly to serve as the landscape for the new movie. It couldn’t be otherwise, given that the Cantacuzino Castle from Busteni itself has a history worthy of any movie. Specifically, having a high architectural, historical, documentary and artistic value, this building has been made in 1911, at the request of the Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino’s, also named “Nababul”, former Romanian minister from 1899 to 1990 and from 1904 to 1907. Built in neo-Romanian style, the castle is surrounded by a park whose alleys lead the visitors to waterfalls, fountains, as well as to a cave. The building was made of stone and brick according to the plans of the architect Grigore Cerchez, having an area of more than 3,000 sq. m. The decorative repertoire also gives a deep romantic nature to the inner ambiance, the stained glass, the stucco marble, the consoles, the ceilings with apparent painted beams, the wooden, stone or wrought iron railings, the hardware casted in bronze and richly garnished, representing a masterpiece of the artistic craft.
The fireplaces garnished with polychrome mosaics add more beauty, too, to the ambiance of the noble residence, increasing the building’s value. Moreover, the castle also has a collection of heraldic representing the blazons of the boyars’ families that had an affinity with the Cantacuzino family, as well as a frieze of votive paintings with illustrious members of the Cantacuzino family of the Muntenia branch. Therefore, a more adequate landscape for the theme of the new movie couldn’t be found, in the context in which the main character inherits a castle; in the same time, the Cantacuzino Castle included another special guest in its book of honor, this time an American actor who is awarded two Golden Globes.
James Brolin is an American actor, producer and film director. He’s the father of the actor Josh Brolin and the husband of the actress Barbra Streisand. He was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 18, 1940. In his childhood, he used to love aircrafts and animals more than acting. In the 1950s, he was fascinated by the actor James Dean. Before following acting classes, Brolin was featured in an episode of Bus Stop, in 1961. Other many movies followed after this: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Margie, Love, American Style, Twelve O’Clock High and The Long, Hot Summer. He was also a guest in the Batman series of 1960, along with Adam West and Burt Ward. When he was 20, he took his stage name James Brolin, his real name being James Bruderlin, and he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. Among other awards, Brolin won two Golden Globes and an Emmy. He received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, on August 27, 1998.