GREENFIELD — Those on the field at Indoor Action Sports swapped jerseys for biohazard suits last weekend when the facility was transformed into the set of an upcoming movie.
The dome on Bernardston Road was turned into a biohazard facility Friday night for the filming of a scene in Robert Krzykowski’s, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.” The film, starring Sam Elliott and Aidan Turner, tells the story of a legendary World War II veteran who went across enemy lines to kill Hitler. Several decades later he settles in New England, where he is asked to lead a hunt for Bigfoot.
Indoor Action Facility Manager Bill Buck said the film crew rented the facility from Thursday to Saturday, with most of the scene shot overnight on Friday.
The film is a period piece set in both 1943 and 1987.
Buck said he was there for part of the filming, and saw the facility’s parking lot transformed into a biohazard scene, with extras donning protective suits. He said tubes were set up around the parking lot to create fog, and actors were filmed riding through the set in a Jeep.
“Just to watch a filming in our area was exciting not only for me, but for local people that came to watch,” he said.
Buck said he got to meet Elliott and co-star Ron Livingston, of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Office Space.” Most of the movie is being shot in Turners Falls, so Buck said it was great to see the crew come to Greenfield.
He said the film’s location manager just happened to drive by Indoor Action while scouting places to film. Coincidentally, Buck said, the director’s brother used to play football there, so they came to check it out. Krzykowski lives in Montague.
“It was very exciting for me to see some famous people in our facility, and they absolutely loved our facility, and all the movie crew was great to work with,” Buck said. “Nothing was broken and clean-up was a snap, and my employees did a great job working with the crew. It was good to see our community come together.”
Indoor Action is a multi-sport facility that has been in Greenfield since 1999. It includes a 44,000-square-foot dome with indoor playing fields, outdoor courts and an annex building.