LYNN - Adam Sandler is about to join an elite list of Hollywood notables, including Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson, each of whom spent time in Lynn while filming scenes for their respective movies.
Sandler will be in town for one day, Thursday, June 16, to film a scene for his upcoming movie, “I Hate You, Dad.”
Duc Dang, owner-operator of D&M Mart on Broad Street said he was taken by surprise when a Hollywood location scout announced his tiny store would be a perfect place for Sandler to steal something.
“It’s very exciting,” he said. “And unexpected.”
The movie has the “Saturday Night Live” vet playing dad to current SNL player Andy Samberg with an eclectic cast that includes Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon, James Caan, Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills 90210” and Vanilla Ice, primarily known for his iconic, 1991 Grammy nominated song, “Ice, Ice Baby.” Ziering and Ice are reportedly playing themselves.
Dang said he was told the scene will include Sandler trying to steal something and fleeing the store with others in hot pursuit.
Dang said a location scout came in out of the blue and told him she had looked all over the city and his store was a perfect fit for the scene. The scout later returned with a supervisor, Dang said, and then came back one more time and took a lot of pictures.
“Then they came back again with like 20 people,” he said. “It was crazy, but they were very professional.”
Dang said they kept apologizing for bothering him but he said he thinks the whole idea is funny.
“I just thought, ‘me? What would big Hollywood want with my little store?’” he said.
What they want, Dang said, is to take over the store for at least two days and turn it into a liquor store.
“June 15 they will change it all around and they’ll change over the sign,” he said. “On the 16th they will shoot.”
Dang won’t get to be an extra in the film but will be a technical advisor of sorts.
“I will be here all day in case they need help with the lights or the electricity,” he said.
Columbia Pictures, the studio shooting the film, will compensate Dang for the two days of lost business although, technically, the store can remain open Wednesday. Dang said he thought that would be too confusing for people.
He also declined to say how much he was being paid for the loan of his store.
“It’s not a lot of money but it’s not bad. But it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s just fun.”
Oh, you don’t know why they chose your place Duc? You are a Chinese convenience store in the middle of Lynn…hmmm. Is there any place that gets robbed more in America than Chinese convenience stores? Only thing is it isn’t a black actor playing the part – rim shot!
I love how he says he will be there all day in case they need help with the lights or electricity. Who are you kidding? You will be there to make sure they don’t steal anything! We all know the Chinese don’t trust anyone and he can also spare me the whole “it isn’t about the money routine.” Really? I can’t remember the last time I got a free dry cleaned shirt at my cleaners or mai tai from Kowloon’s. It is all about the money, you aren’t fooling anyone around here, Duc.
PS – Um, a major overlooked part of the story – it stars Ian Ziering! Looks like Bobo is changing his flight home because he NEEDS to get a pic with the big Z!