In the new Taylor Sheridan series Tulsa King, Dwight Manfredi feels at home at the Mayo Hotel. As a mafia hat, Dwight wants the best of the best, even in Oklahoma. Although the hotel is luxurious, it’s not enough to impress its overnight guest once she learns its age. Fans can see for themselves what all the rage is about, because the Mayo Hotel is a real place.
Tulsa King premiered on November 13 and introduced viewers to Dwight Manfredi. After 25 years in prison, the mafia capo is sent to Tulsa, Okay, to establish mafia influence. Of course, Tulsa is very different from New York, where Dwight expected to return.
When Dwight arrives in Tulsa, he asks Tyson (Jay Will) to get him a room where no one would “break their balls.” After learning that the first hotel is a dump, he asks Tyson about the best hotel in Tulsa, which Tyson tells him is The Mayo.
The Mayo is a true boutique hotel in the heart of downtown’s Deco District. According to its website, “The Mayo Hotel story began almost a century ago with two brothers — Cass A. Mayo and John D. Mayo.”
“After the huge success of their first project, a five-story furniture store on Fifth and Main, the brothers decided to try their hand at creating a premier living experience in the oil capital of the world.” rooftop bar.
Not only Tulsa King To cite some real historical locations, the cast and crew actually traveled to Oklahoma to film the series. Like Dwight, the actors felt a bit out of place when creating the show.
“The cast isn’t from here, so we’re all referencing Dwight,” Andrea Savage, who plays Stacy Beale on the show, said in the featurette. “We’ve all been thrown into Oklahoma, and we’re all fish out of water.”
Sylvester Stallone himself shared his experiences in filming Tulsa King on Instagram. “This has been a very long, difficult, exciting and overwhelming production that has just wrapped up in Oklahoma. Although it’s been a long time being away, it has been rewarding to work with fantastic talent in front of and behind the camera,” the actor shared.
Tulsa might seem like an odd place to shoot a series. However, the city could be an exciting place to keep an eye on. MovieMaker lists it as one of the best small towns to live as a filmmaker in 2022.
The outlet noted that between 2017 and 2019, Tulsa tripled the number of productions. Martin Scorsese chose Tulsa to film the drama Killers of the Flower Moon and Taika Waititi’s FX comedy series Reservation dogs was filmed at various locations throughout Oklahoma.
“Despite the pandemic, the Tulsa area experienced a record number of productions, with 41 shoots between 2020-21,” Abby Kurin, executive director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, and Culture, told MovieMaker.
“Tulsa is a creative canvas that inspires historical pieces and modern stories. Art Deco architecture throughout downtown, coupled with Route 66 and sprawling spaces, the charm and creative vibe of Tulsa will inspire your next project.”
New episodes of Tulsa King drop Sundays on Paramount+.
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