'Labor Day' set takes to Canobie Lake Park
SALEM, N.H. (WHDH) -- Two award-winning actors took a wild ride on set when their crews snuck into a local amusement park.
Two hundred hundred members of the movie crew took over Canobie Lake Park. But by the time visitors arrived, all the lights cameras and the action had disappeared.
Actress Kate Winslet and her co-star Josh Brolin filmed a scene from their upcoming movie "Labor Day" in the tea cups at the park.
“They took over for one whole morning and got some great footage,” said Chris Nicoli, spokesperson.
The Jason Reitman film is about a 13-year-old boy from New Hampshire and the life lessons he learns over a long Labor Day weekend.
The movie producers thought Canobie Lake was the perfect spot for a scene between Winslet and Brolin.
“As a whirlwind this production put together an entire set, a movie set right here in the middle of the park. We sealed off about a fourth of the property for them and then Kate Winslet and Josh came in, rode the tea cups and just as quickly as it all started it all ended,” said Nicoli.
The park opened for the movie crew at 3 a.m. Friday Aug. 3.
“We had all of our staff come in we didn't even tell anyone what was going on we said we had a special event that was happening and the tractor trailers arrived, the catering, the costume vehicles arrived, all the extras,” said Nicoli.
The staff says Winselt and Brolin were focused on work, but very nice.
“They came into the park, they went onto set then they immediately got into the scene that they were going to do. And then they did what they had to do. And then it was time to go,” Nicoli said.
“The director and Josh, the actor, were able to get a ride on Untamed, our new roller coaster right before they left,” said Nicoli.
By 11 a.m., the gates were open and the public had no idea that a major Hollywood movie had just wrapped up filming minutes before.