Downtown Boston changed into New York as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence film ‘Do not Look Up’
In Adam McKay’s film “The Big Short”, DiCaprio and Lawrence play two astronomers who discover that an asteroid is on a collision course for Earth. If you speak publicly about the impending danger, you will find that no one will take your terrible warnings of impending doom seriously.
On Monday, the crews filmed one scene of DiCaprio anxiously talking into a cell phone while looking up at the sky and another where several people stare up at the sky.
The scenes that were shot were set in New York City rather than Boston, as evidenced by the dozen of yellow NYC cabs circling the block during filming and the NYC bus parked on the corner of Milk and Devonshire.
Most of the shop windows in Devonshire remained unchanged, with the exception of the Boston Wine Exchange, whose signage has been replaced by “Bert’s Wine Exchange”.
While there were far fewer fans than the dozen of college students who came to South Station in December to watch the filming of Don’t Look Up, the production still caught the attention of many passers-by.
During the lunch break, Bostonians walking to and from work stopped to get a glimpse of the stars while the local news crew took turns filming down the street. Later, two employees at Kane’s Donuts tried unsuccessfully to set boxes of goodies.
Businesses in Devonshire were allowed to stay open during filming, but pedestrian traffic was limited as the crew chased passers-by at every turn.
During what appeared to be a break in filming, a Boston police officer in charge of traffic gave permission to a hungry reporter to visit the Potbelly Sandwich location in Devonshire. Moments later, the reporter realized he was walking straight towards an exposed Lawrence and DiCaprio as they were preparing to film a scene outside the sandwich shop, and was politely asked by a crew member to get out of the shot.
After filming ended, a potbelly said her quick peek in Hollywood was an exciting way to spend a Monday.
“We have to watch them directly from the window,” said one employee. “But they didn’t tell us any photos or videos.”
Even after the action ended that afternoon, there were signs that filming should resume elsewhere. Movie trucks were parked throughout the financial district, and parking signs throughout the neighborhood indicated that crews would reserve street spaces until Friday.
In the high street, members of the film team worked hard on the inside and outside of Howl at the Moon, which is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in South Boston. The crews use the Artists for Humanity building at 100 2nd St.
In addition to Boston, “Don’t Look Up” filmed Wheaton College in Norton on Salisbury Beach, the DCU Center in Worcester, Battleship Cove in Fall River, Union Point in Weymouth and a residential area in Framingham. Filming is expected to continue at least in mid-February.
In addition to Lawrence and DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Chris Evans, Himesh Patel, Timothée Chalamet, Matthew Perry, Tyler Perry, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman and Tomer Sisley can be seen in “Don’t Look Up” . Singer Ariana Grande and rapper Kid Cudi.