Filming for ‘The Polka King’ gets started

Filming for ‘The Polka King’ gets started

Actor Jack Black, left, during filming for the movie "The Polka King" last Friday in Pawtucket. Black is starring in the film. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – Filming for “The Polka King,” starring Jack Black as polka legend/con artist Jan Lewan, got going in Pawtucket last Friday. Several homes on Waltham Street and Harvard Street are being used for the film.

Pawtucket is ground zero for Rhode Island production of the film, with the production office at the George H. Fuller & Son Company building at 145 Exchange St.

Other announced Pawtucket locations for the film include the Modern Diner, German Club, and Memorial Hospital.

Herb Weiss, the city’s economic and cultural affairs officer, pointed out that home and business owners get location fees when filming is done on their properties, an economic benefit beyond the extra traffic to area businesses.

Security men wave away cars and people who do not live in the area.
Jack Black drives a car up Waltham Street in Pawtucket during filming on July 15.
Filming for the movie "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" starring Jack Black took place on Friday, July 15, in Pawtucket. The movie is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak’s documentary which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme.
Fifty-one Walcott Street, a house used in the movie,"The Man Who Would Be Polka King." Unofficial sources say that the movie involves large spans of time and the house will again appear in the movie with a fresh coat of paint. Filming for the movie starring Jack Black took place on Friday, July 15, in Pawtucket.
A member of the camera crew. Filming for the movie "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" starring Jack Black took place on Friday, July 15, in Pawtucket.