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On the set of 'Here Comes the Boom'

May 13, 2011 9:52pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - The stars were out at Faneuil Hall Friday. Boston's historic marketplace was blocked off to shoot a scene of the Kevin James film, "Here Comes the Boom".

The stars were out at Faneuil Hall today.  Boston's historic marketplace was blocked off to shoot a scene of the Kevin James film 'Here Comes the Boom!"

Here's the basic plot: Kevin James and Henry Winkler are teachers. Winkler's music department is going to get cut so James decides to do a mixed martial arts fight - and even if he gets his butt kicked, he'll get paid a ton of money.
Obviously it's a comedy and much of it is being shot here in Massachusetts.
 
Lights, camera, action -  in the Hub - always something of a crap shoot trying to catch up with the stars when they're in town.

On the Faneuil Hall set of the new comedy Here Comes the Boom, this is Kevin James with some lead blockers out front.

"Kevin, do you have a sec?" we asked.

He's one celeb who would have preferred the witness protection program to being shot by our camera.

Then, gotcha… there he is in his trailer.

The lovely Salma Hayek got a nice greeting from the crowd when walking off set, slowed down long enough to say hello.

"It's my second movie in the area," Hayek said.

Then stopped to pose with her many appreciative fans.

"Not everyone stops and says hi to the public," said Yannira Castillo.

"She was kind and pretty," said Carolina Castillo.

"She put her arm around me and then she took a picture with us. It was really nice," said Ashley Castillo.

The director Frank Coraci, probably best known for directing Adam Sandler comedies The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy, chose this historic location to film a citizenship ceremony.

"We're here at Faneuil Hall, probably the greatest place in America to become a citizen," Coraci said.

And you know who this is, Emerson alum Henry Winkler was as excited to be in Boston
"I play a music teacher who has lost his job."

As he was when a slice of Regina pizza was hand delivered.

"And there it is," Winkler said.

Speaking of excitement - stars aside, this is a blast for the extras - this is Brian Madden's seventh film.

"You get paid to do nothing, you stand around a whole lot and do a whole lot of takes, but it's just great, it's a lot of fun. And it's exciting to see yourself in a movie," Madden said.

One of the next stops for the cast and crew, Lowell's Tsongas Arena where they'll shoot fight scenes for two weeks.

It should be out in theaters sometime next summer.
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