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June 5, 2012

All the North Shore's a stage

The Grown Ups have come to town, and they are in the process of thrilling and transforming both Marblehead and Swampscott.

The crew for Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" took over the Swampscott MBTA station on Thursday. An entire commuter train spent hours arriving and departing, moving backward and forward, over and over again, while a crowd of hopeful stargazers watched from across the street. (Regular runs were shunted to the other track.)

If there was acting going on, it was happening out of sight, behind the station house.

Nevertheless, crew member Jack Patrick, a film student from the University of Southern California, walked along the street cheerfully telling anyone who dared raise his cellphone, "No pictures of the set, please."

"I saw (actor) David Spade," Erin Pelikhov of Marblehead said as she hurried away. She hadn't seen Sandler but shrugged, "I have to go to work now. I saw one person, and that was enough."

Since the crews arrived on the North Shore, Swampscott and Marblehead have become a giant movie set with yellow signs all over both towns telling cast and crew where to go and where to park. The production's fleet of trailers is marshaled at the former Temple Israel, now owned by the town of Swampscott.

A lot of outdoor filming is planned in Marblehead, at the middle school, Gatchell Park, the Old Town House and the police station, which will be disguised as a registry of motor vehicles.

In Swampscott, shooting is also planned at the middle school and in a "tent" on Phillips Park. This, however, is no pup tent. This is the same structure that Marblehead declined to host on its football field — a temporary soundstage, 150 feet by 250 feet, formed by stacking weighted, oceangoing freight containers one atop the other to a height of three.

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