Fenway as a character in movies
Boston’s iconic landmark has appeared in several movies. The field has been the setting for Hollywood-style explosions, gun fire, confrontations, and, of course, baseball.
Check out clips, behind-the-scenes pictures, and learn a little bit of trivia about the films.
Mark Wahlberg is the latest actor with a movie that contains scenes shot at Fenway Park. In the comedy “Ted,’’ about a Boston man with a live stuffed animal as a best friend, one of the climactic scenes is at the ball park. Director and co-writer Seth MacFarlane said the Fenway Park scene was originally planned to be set on the USS Constitution.
“It ended up working out for us very well because Fenway was a great playground for us,’’ said MacFarlane. “There were a million different labyrinthine corridors and passageways that were a lot of fun to light and shoot.’’
Pictured: MacFarlane talked to Wahlberg outside Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe between scenes on the set.
The Brad Pitt movie based on Michael Lewis’s book picked up six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager who’s credited with using sabermetrics – a stats-heavy approach to evaluating talent – to turn around his franchise.
The last few scenes of the movie were filmed in Fenway Park, with Pitt appearing opposite an actor resembling real-life Red Sox owner John Henry. Henry said he would’ve preferred Sam Shepard as his movie stand-in.
In the novel “Prince of Thieves,’’ which was later adapted into the movie “The Town,’’ the narrator recalls, “In the summer of 1993, Gloansy had worked as a driver on the set of one of the all-time worst motion pictures ever made, a Boston bomb-squad movie called ‘Blown Away.’ ’’
An odd flub in the movie: The announcer calls a home run “over the Green Monster’’ even though the ball is shown landing over Fenway Park’s right field wall.
A Civil Action
John Travolta played a lawyer in the real-life story of a legal battle over toxic waste dumping.
Travolta and costar Robert Duvall appeared in Fenway during a fake game between the Red Sox and the Oakland A’s.
Almost 600 extras pretended that it was spring even though it was really frigid November.
A Civil Action
Red Sox #45 Pedro Martinez met Acting Governor Paul Cellucci and Steve Zaillian, director of the movie “A Civil Action,’’ on field at Fenway Park in 1998.
The movie company had filmed at the park.
The movie directed by the Farrelly Brothers starred Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore.
While filming, the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in decades and a new ending had to be filmed.
Jimmy Fallon said the original ending would have resembled the ending of the book the movie was adapting: “It’s a love letter to the fans, which is why we picked the Red Sox because they lose… So I think the original ending was just we rip the contract up… So if they hadn’t gone to the World Series, it would have probably just ended on that. Just them kissing on the field.’’
It was the first time the park allowed filming during an actual game, including scenes of the “Sweet Caroline’’ sing-along (a tradition that started in 1998).
Jimmy Fallon recalled one of his favorite moments at Fenway: “We did a scene where Drew [Barrymore] has to run across the field into my arms at home plate. It was after the game and we asked everyone to stay if they want to and everyone stayed. It’s like 35,000 people here. I could not believe everyone stayed, and people were just cheering. It was so emotional and so good. I’ll never forget it. It’s such a great memory.’’
Field of Dreams
This classic baseball film included this pivotal scene filmed at Fenway Park.
Kevin Costner’s character has convinced James Earl Jones’s character to attend the game with him. While there, they hear a voice to “go the distance.’’
Somewhere among all the extras in the background of these scenes were Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in their first film appearances. The pair were still in high school when the movie was filmed. Affleck would later return to Fenway to film scenes from his movie “The Town.’’
The iconic Citgo sign made an appearance in the film, as well.
It’s seen every time a baseball player hits a home run over the left field wall at Fenway Park. (C-IT-GO)
The sign was upgraded to an LED display a few years ago because its original bulbs were no longer manufactured and could not be replaced.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonder
Fenway Park recently started offering the stadium as a wedding venue.
Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson’s characters in Legally Blonde 2 were planning to have their wedding ceremony there but for reasons related to the plot, (or maybe the estimated $25,000 price tag?) they did not.
Instead, the only connection to Fenway was the home base supposedly brought in for the normal ceremony.
Ben Affleck filmed some of the climactic scenes for his bank heist movie at Fenway Park while the Red Sox were playing out of town.
“I promised that I wouldn’t actually show the real way money was brought in and out of Fenway Park,’’ explained Affleck.
The film’s premiere was held at Fenway Park, complete with a red carpet.
The movie crew took 13 days to film the Fenway Park scenes.
On one of the days, they interrupted a wedding.
“So we were shooting with automatic weapons there and we fired off a full mag and, we didn’t know it, but there were some people getting married. People were screaming! They thought they were under attack! I don’t know if we ruined a wedding or if it will end up a great story,’’ said Affleck.