Monday, April 13, 2009

Ben Affleck filming 'The Company Men' in Roxbury

In town filming scenes for the made-in-Boston downsizing drama "The Company Men," Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner were on set today starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 13 at a dilapidated Victorian house located at 174 Highland Street in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury.

According to a crew member outside of the location, Affleck is scheduled to return to the scene from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. Yellow production signs with "GTX" lined the streets for two blocks surrounding the Roxbury filming location.

"The Company Men" follows a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing. Affleck plays a corporate bigwig whose six-figure salary is suddenly cut after he gets a pink slip. Costner, a blue-collar construction worker, offers Affleck a job installing drywall.

Based on the shot at the house in Roxbury, it looks like crews are filming scenes with Affleck working construction on a home in desperate need of repair. The triple-decker house was surrounded by scaffolding and looks built up compared to the photo found on Google maps here.

A few blocks from the Highland Street home is First Church, a beautiful old-school place of worship located at 10 Putnam St. (pictured), where catering signs were posted. Both Affleck and Costner were spotted leaving the church after chowing down during lunch.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun, crews filmed a scene on Wednesday, April 8 with star Affleck at the Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn. They're scheduled to return to the course on Tuesday, June 2.

"The Company Men" also stars Tommy Lee Jones, portraying a senior corporate exec who struggles with the unethical exploits of his partners.

Next up? Crews are busy transforming a neighborhood in Framingham including 26 Mansfield St. to look like autumn, filming in the South End on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 and they're shooting scenes at home in Marblehead on Monday, April 20.

Click here for the latest on "The Company Men.
--Photos by Sam Baltrusis

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