"Four of us waited from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the pouring rain for him to come out," recalls Wahlberg fan Melissa Buja, who says the native was "super sweet" and accommodating off set. "The other four arrived around 1 p.m. Are we diehards or what?!"
Wahlberg has been tweeting about his behind-the-scenes experiences from the Franklin Park Zoo's elaborate mini-zoo set near the Giraffe Entrance of the park located at 1 Franklin Park Rd.
"Heading to the set. Amazing to come back to Franklin Park to 'work' after all these years! Just a whole different type of work," he writes, adding that he grew out his facial hair during filming.
"The Zookeeper" follows James as a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin. Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart.
In contrast to James' character, Wahlberg is playing a zookeeper who detests the furry critters under his watch.
Meanwhile, the made-in-Boston TV pilot "Bunker Hill," starring Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan, wasn't picked up by TNT for the fall but could make the network lineup later.
Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."--Photos courtesy of Melissa Buja