Costner and Affleck bring a bit of Hollywood to Quincy Point
Joe and Dolores Russell never had any illusions that their 1½-story Cape-style home in Quincy Point had Hollywood appeal.
Turns out it does.
Boston favorite Ben Affleck and actor Kevin Costner filmed scenes Tuesday for “The Company Men” at the house at 18 Watson Road.
In the film, Costner plays a “salt-of-the-earth” drywall installer, who lives in the home and gives a construction job to his recently downsized Porsche-driving brother in-law, Affleck, according to Variety.
Russell, a 35-year union pipefitter who retired with a back injury in 2006, said it was a blend of “exciting and weird” to see Hollywood A-listers filming scenes in his front driveway and backyard.
“I went up and put my arm around Kev – first I shook his hand – and said, ‘I’m the owner of the house, but I guess you are, too,’” Russell said.
Russell said his house came into consideration as a filming location because his son – without mentioning a word – mailed in a pamphlet from location scouts that he found in his parents’ mailbox during a visit one afternoon.
The film crew toured the house, a 1,080-square-foot three bedroom, but the Russells didn’t hear back for weeks. Last Monday, the phone call came.
Russell said they are being put up at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel and getting “a few bucks” for allowing the crew to use the house for five days – including four days of prep work and cleanup.
None of that mattered much. Russell said he was just happy to be able to lean over his neighbor’s fence and watch Costner film a cookout scene in his backyard.
The movie, scheduled for release next year, also stars Tommy Lee Jones. Scenes have also been filmed in Roxbury, according to The Beantown Bloggery.
In misty weather, about four dozen neighbors and other onlookers clustered in front of the house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.
Among them were Russell’s three sisters – Barbara Lewis of Easton, Mary Mancuso of Braintree and Jane Robsham of Weymouth – who took photographs of both stars during a 9-to-5 stakeout.
Kim Haslett, 29, who lives around the corner, said she noticed the film crew’s trailers parked near the former Quincy shipyard at Hajjar Auto World and wondered where a film was being shot.
“Then I find out they’re practically right in my backyard,” Haslett said, her 31-year-old boyfriend Tom Sterczala next to her with his cell phone poised and ready to photograph Affleck or Costner.
Michael Lomanno, 38. who used to live on the block, snuck into a neighbor’s yard to get an up-close preview.
He reported back to Russell’s sisters afterward. The scene involved Costner playing football with a group of young children, but the misty weather and wet ground didn’t make things easy. At one point, he said, Costner took a spill in the muddy back yard.
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