Boston isn't an entertainment hub like L.A. or New York, but we do get our share of celebrities. I've even run into a couple when I've been out on walks. I saw the chef/restaurateur Todd English enjoying the sidewalk dining at Blue Ribbon BBQ. If you're ever in the area, I have to recommend their cornbread, or more accurately their corn cake!
While walking in Boston's Back Bay one evening I passed a man with curly hair that looked incredibly familiar, but couldn't figure out how I knew him. Had we worked together? Did I recognize him from campus? It was five blocks before I realized I'd never met him, but I'd seen him in countless movies. His name? John C. Reilly.
Sadly, I was not walking through downtown Lexington in August of 2009. At least not at the right times. If I had been, I would have seen Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams filming scenes for the movie The Fighter. According to a write up in Lexington's Colonial Times Magazine, there are scenes in the movie where the couple goes to a movie at our town's little, two screen, independent theater! I wonder if they shot any scenes in the loft-like upstairs theater. Somehow I suspect they went with the more traditional main one. I heard somewhere that the bead store next to the theater got a bit of a makeover as a thrift shop for the movie, but that wasn't mentioned in the article. Reportedly hundreds of people lined the street to view the filming. How did I miss all that? I guess it's not such a small town afterall.
The article says "Heather Aveson has been to the Venue twice to see the film and each time she reports that the audience responded with applause and enthusiasm as the Lexington scenes appeared on the big screen." I have to admit, I wasn't especially interested in seeing The Fighter when I saw the previews, but now I want to see it just to play "spot the landmarks". It wasn't that long ago that I was at that very movie theater to see The Ghost Writer. A murmur of recognition went through the audience when Ewan McGregor's character crossed the iconic Bourne Bridge leaving Cape Cod. I'm sure the same thing happened when The Town, set in Boston/Charlestown, was in the theaters. I know it did in my living room. We rewound a chase scene to figure out exactly where in the North End they'd filmed! And of course Good Will Hunting is full of local shots.
So give three cheers for greater Boston's newest movie star!