Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch shoot film at Gardnerville’s JT Basque Bar

The historic JT Basque Bar & Dining Room in Gardnerville became a Hollywood film set this week when Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning showed up to shoot their latest feature film.

The historic Basque restaurant was the site of a Hollywood film shoot. Photo: University of Nevada.
The historic Basque restaurant was the site of a Hollywood film shoot. Photo: University of Nevada.

The two actors and crew members were filming scenes for “The Motel Life,” based on a novel about two working-class brothers who flee a Reno motel after a fatal hit-and-run accident.

“It was an amazing experience,” said a post on the JT Facebook page.

Fronting Highway 395 along a historic strip of Gardnerville, the restaurant and bar are housed in a wooden building dating back to about 1895. The colorful bar is known for its hat collection on the wall and dollar bills hanging from the ceiling.