Here are the Georgia locations that doubled for Durham in ‘The Best of Enemies’
The movie "The Best of Enemies" is set in Durham, North Carolina. But the film's makers didn't use downtown Durham to re-create the 1970s. Instead, they headed to Macon and small towns near Atlanta to capture the right architecture. The Bartow County Courthouse makes an appearance. Protest scenes were shot in front of the Macon-Bibb Government Center. Ross' Diner in Cartersville was also a filming location.
That diner where Atwater (played by Taraji P. Henson) and Ellis (played by Sam Rockwell) sit across the table from each other? That's a real place. It's Ross' Diner, located at 17 North Wall St. in downtown Cartersville.
The diner isn't the only Cartersville spot featured in the movie, however. The Bartow County Courthouse, at 135 W. Cherokee Ave., also serves as a backdrop for scenes in the film.
With their proximity to Atlanta, the "series of small neighborhoods" around the city make them good places to shoot, Astute Films' Harrison Powell told the Atlanta Film Chat podcast.
Macon isn't new to the movie seen. A month before filming at the government center, Dwayne Johnson was at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport to shoot "Rampage," based on the 1980s arcade game in which monsters try to destroy cities.