The real action took place in the aftermath of the American Civil War
in the Appalachian Mountains, which run south from New England in the
east of the US. But the producers chose to film in Romania, attracted by
the unspoilt mountain landscapes found in the country, as well as the
possibility of using sets built for the 2003 film ‘Cold Mountain.’ “The
Cold Mountain set was there, so there was a tremendous amount of
pre-work that we could build on,” said History Channel President and
General Manager Nancy Dubuc.
Actor Bill Paxton said, “I was kind of amazed there were
so many similarities,” when comparing the Romanian locations to the
historical site of the action near the Kentucky/West Virginia border.
The action was filmed in Transylvania, Arges and at Castel Studio in
The crew spent over three months in Romania, during which time Bill Paxton bought a Nicolae Grigorescu painting and Kevin Costner did a gig in a Bucharest club with band Modern West. The six hour mini-series ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ is currently airing in the US.