Last week my son Christopher, age eight, was chosen as a featured extra (hip hop dancer) in Adam Sandler's comedy "Grown Ups 2." This week we all went down to Marblehead, Swampscott, and Lynn, MA, for rehearsals, the costume fitting, and filming.
It's been a trip!
Photographed with: Adam Sandler
Obtained autograph of: Adam Sandler
Met: Shaquille O'Neal
Shook hands with: Shaquille O'Neal
Saw up close: Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
Saw across the street: David Spade, Chris Rock
Star family members talked to: Adam Sandler's mother and wife
Favorite star family member talked to: Adam Sandler's mother
Star family members Charlie played with: Adam Sandler's daughters
Star family members seen up close: Salma Hayek's daughter and mother, Maria Bello's son
Child actors Christopher photographed with: Alexys Nycole Sanchez and identical twins Frank and Morgan Gingerich
Best Compliment: Adam Sandler calling Christopher "a handsome boy" and "a nice boy."
Biggest regret: Looking frumpy when running into Adam Sandler at the beach. (Hair pulled back in a stuck-together, chlorinated ponytail from swimming in the JCC pool and wearing my uninteresting "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" tee shirt.)
Best photo Christopher missed being in: David Spade posing in costume with four boys from the other group of dancers.
Worst part of the experience: Driving to and from the Lynn film set. Arrived thirty minutes late from getting hopelessly lost. Same thing on the way home, though the journey took even longer.
Most obnoxious stage parent in attendance: A father of a girl dancer who befriended a security guard in the men's room to get access to filming only intended for star families and paid adult extras. (Okay, I was jealous.)
Who I'm planning to channel today for the last day filming Chris's scene: Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo -- to hopefully sneak into the filming just mentioned and talk to or see up close David Spade.
Good luck to me on that one!