Thursday, May 21, 2009

'Grown Ups' dust up at Woodward Elementary gym

Adam Sandler, currently filming the made-in-Massachusetts flick "Grown Ups" with stars including Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Salma Hayek at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough, is using the gymnasium at the Woodward Elementary School located at 28 Cordaville Rd. to shoot some hoops.

However, Sandler's visit to the facility on Monday, May 18 reportedly ticked off a few parents.

One comment on My Southborough here suggests that Sandler kicked out a crew of kids while checking out the gym.

"I understand you walked into the very busy Woodward Elementary School gymnasium early this afternoon, and asked that all third graders enjoying recess [to] leave the gym," writes Matthew Brownell here. "Is that included in your production contract, Adam? You know, monopolizing an entire public elementary school gymnasium ... while kicking out 8-year-old children from recess for your self-ingratiating leisure?"

According to a post here, Sandler didn't "kick out" the kids. “Adam did use the gym, but, as far as we know, no one was inconvenienced. No kids missed gym or recess,” Superintendent Charles Gobron spills to My Southborough.

The "Grown Ups" script features scenes with the 12-year-old double versions of the six male stars. In a flashback sequence with their coach you can read here, there's a scene at a high school gym and at Flanders Lakehouse where the boys attend a banquet celebration in 1978 after winning a basketball game.

Will crews film the flashback scene at the Woodward Elementary School gym? Sources say "no." However, Columbia Pictures is reportedly paying the school $10,000 to use the Southborough facility.

Filming continues at the Pilgrim Church and the Old Burial Ground in Southborough until Friday, May 22 with a return visit on Tuesday, May 26.

Click here for the latest on Sandler's "Lake House."
--Photo shot by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo for Loaded Gun Boston


susan said...

No filming planned for Woodward as far as I know. It's just where all the star trailers are parked.

Sam Baltrusis said...

Thanks Susan for the info.

Anonymous said...

Te gentleman who complained about the kids getting kicked out has got a personal vendetta against the town and has had many run-ins with local politicians. He has been known to protest in the small town calling most people fascists. Adam never kicked out the students. He happened to walk in and they were in the gym. He ended up spending a little over an hour signing autographs on shoes, socks, papers, books whatever the children could get there hands on.

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