Crews with the made-in-Boston flick "The Zookeeper" shot scenes with Kevin James,
Joe Rogan from "Fear Factor," Nat Faxon and James' wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, near
the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues at the Boston Public Garden on Monday, Sept. 14.
In "The Zookeeper," Rogan plays "Gale," Faxon as "Dave" and De La Cruz stars as
Later in the afternoon, James, De La Cruz and Rogan headed on their bikes to the
Commonwealth Mall near Arlington Street. Filming is slotted to continue in the Public
Garden and Boston Common area until Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Kevin James, filming "The Zookeeper" in the Boston Public Garden, ditched the Segway
he made famous in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and cruised around as a co-pilot in a tandem
bicycle with "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan on Monday, Sept. 14 in Commonwealth Mall
near Arlington Street.
Donnie Wahlberg photos from 'The Zookeeper' set. A crew of hardcore Donnie
Wahlberg supporters snapped a few photos on Saturday, Sept. 12 of the Dorchester
homeboy on the set "The Zookeeper".
"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
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.
'The Zookeeper' invades the Public Garden
by Roland Hansen
|Delta Films - Movie News
with a local focus
Trailers were set up along Beacon Street and foot traffic directed around the shoot. Lots of signs
warning as you crossed that you may show up in the film and by entering the area you gave your
Large tents were set up for "The Zookeeper" extras and catering in the Boston Common.
In the Public Garden, set designers crafted a faux bike rental booth with the swan
boats, and even real swans, in the background. The bike rental sign boasted a
"bike-a-thon" and offering a slew of bikes including a BMX ($25 per day), tricycle ($18
per day) and 10 speed ($6 per hour). On the set, there was word of "the bike guy"
making a cameo, with possible ties to James' other made-in-Boston flick, "Paul Blart: