They stood for hours and watched. They watched technicians fiddle with lights. They watched workers climb ladders then climb down ladders. They watched extras rehearse, extras whose role was to stand in line.
For hours, hundreds of people waited in Davis Square, hoping to catch a glimpse of Hollywood star . Actress Mila Kunis, who is also in the movie, was not in the scene.
The shoot took place outside , and the scene was about Wahlberg's character waiting in line to see a Star Wars film. He was dressed as Darth Maul, a major character from The Phantom Menace. As a result, his face was covered in paint and makeup. Wahlberg was on set for less than an hour, and he left at about 11:30 p.m.
Watching film crews set up for a shoot, it turns out, is not the most exciting thing in the world. The eager crowd, however, remained in good spirits as strangers chatted and laughed with each other about the general lack of excitement.
In the end, was it worth it?
Andrew Dinoia, who lives near Porter Square, thought it was. He showed up at 6:58 p.m. and stayed until the end of the shoot, a wait of over four hours. "How often is Somerville in a movie, even if it's for 10 seconds?" he said.
He said the film shoot was the "second biggest thing [to happen in Davis Square] after the U2 concert." In 2009, the Irish band U2 played at Somerville Theatre.
Samantha Berkheimer thought otherwise. "I don't think it really was [worth it,]" she said. She had taken the Green Line, then the Red Line, from Boston's Longwood Medical area to Davis Square to see the film shoot and meet up with friends.
On the other hand, said Berkheimer, "I was on a movie set. Cross that off the list ... I don't need to do that again."