Kate Winslet in Milford? Not Quite, But Close

Medway Lotus was transformed into a movie set for several hours Wednesday for a scene in Kate Winslet's new film. The wardrobe and other functions for the filming were staged at the Kmart parking lot in Milford.

Medway Lotus has a bit part in a new film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

And the production reached into Milford, where a portion of the staged wardrobe and other functions Wednesday for the movie.

Medway Lotus closed Wednesday for filming of "Labor Day," a drama being filmed around Massachusetts, and directed by Jason Reitman. Winslet, an English actress who won an Academy Award in 2009, and was nominated six times, stars as a dancer who befriends an escaped convict, played by Brolin.

The film crew, actors and extras packed into the tiny restaurant, while Winslet filmed a scene in one of its booths. Brolin was reported to be on the set, but didn't come into the restaurant. Three hours later, the Medway Lotus staff and owners shared pizza while the film crew finished packing up for the next location.

John McCann, a co-owner, said about 60 people were in the restaurant for the filming. "It was crazy," McCann said. The director and assistants sat on chairs in the entrance foyer, while cameras were directed on the dining room.

McCann said he was contacted about five months ago by a film representative, but wasn't sure why the restaurant on Route 109 was picked.

The film should be released in about a year.

The filming required a traffic detail by Medway police and the trailers, housing the cameras and equipment, consumed the restaurant's lot. The overflow went to Milford's Kmart plaza, where extras in the film were returning their clothing Wednesday night.

Winslet has been filming scenes in several towns this month, including at a Benny's Monday in Mansfield, and last week at Shelburne Falls in western Massachusetts.

Myd Nevins June 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I've never made it past the front counter area there. Just gotten takeout. Have to admit though, their boneless spare ribs are the best in the area, at least in my opinion.
Mary MacDonald June 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I've never eaten there, but it has these kind of unique lanterns hanging over the booths. They have scouts who look for locations, I guess this one was what they needed for a scene. My first paper was on Martha's Vineyard, and the newspaper offices were used in Jaws II as the police chief's offices. (that was before my time). The newspaper staff had to relocate for the filming.
Jimcal June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
It never ceases to amaze me how an ordinary business transaction can turn into crazed illegals, best ribs around, the place is a dump and everything but what actually transpired. They send out location scouts to secure a place to hire for a day or two so that they don't have to build a complete set in Hollywood. It saves them money and adds a local flare to the movie. You know you are all going to go see the movie so you can email all your friends and relatives and tell them " I ate in that very same restaurant"!
Pete June 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I've tried to read the Patch, and like how quickly news items are picked up and put on line. Then I make the mistake of reading the blogs and so may of them turn into right wing junk, that I now avoid the Patch. How do you tie "Kate Winslett on a movie set" into "illegal aliens killing citizens" is beyond me.
Johnny June 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
If you go eat at the Lotus, the staff there will know you after about 2 times and know exactly what you order. I've been going there for years. Yes the place doesn't look all that great but the food is awesome and the service is exceptional. It does have it's own Ora as well. Teriyaki and spare ribs are the best in the area and the pork fried rice is so much different than anywhere else you go. Go in and say Hi to Joe. He's a good guy and they'll take good care of you.


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