Why Did Grown Ups 2 Choose Westford?

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Grown Ups 2 came to Merrill’s Quarry on the Westford/Tyngsboro line , and that week ends today.

for additional scenes, but the question lingers as to why Westford was chosen for filming.

Several Westford Patch readers have asked us this, and according to site manager Mark Fitzgerald the answer was simple: it’s the closest real life location to what director Dennis Dugan saw in his head when he needed a quarry in Massachusetts.

“We just got a script with a scene that says ‘quarry’, so we went out and took a look at a bunch of quarries,” said Fitzgerald. “We went to Rockport, Gloucester, Quincy, Milford, a bunch of places. But at the end of the day, Westford’s quarry was the prettiest and was what we were looking for.”

On top of the scenery, Fitzgerald has had nothing but praise for local officials in Tyngsborough and Westford during work over the past week on site.

“The town officials and the people we’ve been working with have been spectacular, from the town managers to the chief of police to the landscaping guys and the person that lent us his yard. I can’t say enough good things about them. Everyone has opened up their towns, just like they did in Marblehead and Swampscott,” he said.

The departure marks the end of scheduled shooting in Westford, as no other locations for the film are expected to be used here in town.

Grown Ups 2 is expected to debut in theatres next year.

Chris Daley July 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The Westford Conservation Trust did a hike last year NEAR, NOT IN the quarry area. And no we didnt see any bears, just busy Rte. 3 on the other end of the trail. The quarry is a business, private property which means nobody is allowed in there-not you nor me. That's why we have cops and laws. As for the movie I probably wouldnt pay for it. Give me John Wayne in Monument Valley!
Andrew Sylvia July 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Just a heads up, we got some pictures of Adam Sandler on Friday. There were about 100 to 200 people there looking to get pictures and autographs, we'll have pictures from that on Monday.
Anne Shirley July 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Chris, they were definitely spectators not extras. I live in the area and when I saw the crowd of people one night this past week, I walked over and asked what everyone was looking at. Someone told me they were waiting for the actors to leave when they finished filming for the day, (this was around 7:30 PM) and were hoping to get pictures.
Barbara July 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I had driven by on my way back from Nashua and saw all the people but at the time had no idea what was going on. How did people even know about the filming in advance? I knew nothing until some of my daughters friends posted pictures on fb and she told me.
Amber July 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Barbara, I knew because a guy I know on set in Swampscott told me. My guess is others found out in a similar way. It's a small world. :)


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