Yep, "Paul Blart" is a leaner, meaner King of Quincy.
The flick, co-starring Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek, follows James as he tries to save his best friend's job and the failing school's music program. James began filming on Monday, March 28 and is returning to his singlet roots in the film. For the record, he was a wrestler while attending Ward Melville High School in Stony Brook, NY. The made-in-Quincy flick is slotted to continue shooting in Massachusetts until June.
James, who filmed three made-in-Boston films before "Boom" including "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Grown Ups," started losing weight while shooting "Zookeeper" in late 2009. "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 stars as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside Griffin.
The made-in-Boston film "Zookeeper," also starring Leslie Bibb, has been pushed to a July 8, 2011, rather than its original 2010 release. Apparently, the flick generated huge scores during a test screening, fueling Sony Pictures to move it to a highly coveted summer slot.
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