Hollywood comes to Marlborough


Fire Department featured in film starring Daniel Craig  

 By Ron Ayotte, Contributing Writer

Marlborough Firefighters pose with Daniel Craig during a break in the action.

Marlborough – The former Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles building on Route 85 was “set on fire” and “blown up” last week. But there was a good, not nefarious, reason for the destruction – it was all part of filming a new crime mystery tentatively titled “Knives Out”.  Set to star in the film are Hollywood elite including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis,  Lakeith Stansfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Toni Collette, Don Johnson and Christopher Plummer.

Movie crews were in the area for the past week been prepping the building with additions and pyrotechnics for the scenes that were being shot there. The building was transformed into the Norfolk County Medical Examiner’s Office for the film. Among other props used in the film were vehicles wrapped to look like Marlborough Police and Massachusetts State Police cruisers.

Eight members of the Marlborough Fire Department had roles as extras and Marlborough’s two newest fire trucks were part of the action, providing realistic looking fire operations in the background for the movie. (The firefighters could not be named for this story due to non-disclosure agreements that they had signed).

Craig was in Marlborough last week filming some scenes and took the time to post with members of the fire department.

“Knives Out” has been filming in the area for a few weeks, with scenes being shot in Acton, Ayer, Marlborough, Maynard and other locations in Massachusetts.

“Knives Out” is one of the two motion pictures being filmed in the area. Actor Liam Neeson has been filming scenes for the film in “Honest Thief” in Worcester.

Marlborough Engine 3 staged for a scene.
Production crews ready equipment for the day’s filming.