‘Lights, camera, action’ on Ashmont Hill
Apr. 28, 2011
Though it’s thousands of miles away from Hollywood in Ashmont Hill, one Dorchester house will be featured in “Here Comes the Boom,” an upcoming movie starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler, and Salma Hayek.
Stephanie Page and her partner, Meredith Lobur, got a flier in the mail saying scouts from Colombia Pictures were looking for a Victorian house in the area to use as the home of Winkler, who plays a high school music teacher named Marty who spends his free time repairing his students’ broken instruments.
“The character doesn’t have a TV, he listens to NPR. He’s kind of artsy, kind of funky, and eclectic, which is definitely what our house is like,” Page said.
After Page and Lobur confirmed the flier was legitimate, they contacted the scouts and arranged a visit to look at their home.
“First it was one person, then it was two, then there was a busload of 35,” Page said. “We were told there were 100 houses, and they kept coming back to ours.”
The movie crews put a border on the exterior of the house, painted two of the rooms, and covered a third with what Page described as “crazy, funky, ’70 psychedelic wallpaper.” They also filled the front yard with dead-looking bushes and asked neighbors for a pile of dead leaves to cover the yard with.
The day of the shoot, April 21, neighbors Page said she hadn’t seen in some time stopped by to say hello and look at the house. James, best known for his role on “King of Queens,” thanked Page and Lobur for letting the crews into their home and took a photo with Page’s niece.
Page and Lobur decided to keep the improvements to the exterior and the fresh paint on two of the rooms. The ’70s wallpaper, however, will be gone soon.
“The company was good, all the workers were very good,” Page said. “It was a very user-friendly, very considerate.”
“Here Comes the Boom” is currently shooting for a July 2012 release. Page said she is hoping one original part of her house makes it into the final cut: A mailbox shaped like a shark, which pop culture buffs may take as an intentional reference to Winkler’s famous jumping the shark stunt in “Happy Days.”
It isn’t, Page said. The shark is just her regular mailbox.