We have had a number of TV shows filmed aboard the ship. At least two episodes of "NCIS Los Angeles" has been filmed on her but supposedly she was an Aircraft Carrier. Also 3 or 4 episodes of "The Last Ship" had the Iowa as a stand in for a Kirov class Cruiser.
This would not be the first time an American warship played the part of a German ship. In "Pursuit of the Graf Spee", the USS Salem was the stand in. Some viewers said that the only real error was that the Salem has two forward turrets while the German Pocket Battleship had only one forward turret.
But thats both true and false. The Germans actually built a second false forward turret out of wood, canvas and cardboard tubing so she would look like an American cruiser at a distance. The German crew were also scrounging up material to build a false second stack. But the Bristish cruisers Exeter, Ajax and Achilles "rudely" interrupted the German artwork.
Hmmm. I wonder if the studio would need some of our crew and volunteers act as German Kriegsmarine. Why not? While desert training at Fort Irwin my tank had German insignia taped on it and later I played a brutal German soldier who had to beat a man to death with his Mauser rifle. Fortunately I had no lines to speak because most of the German I know should not be said in mixed company.