The stars of “Grown Ups 2,” who have been filming their comedy sequel around Marblehead over the past few weeks, supported their pal and costar Adam Sandler by attending the local premiere of his new movie, “That’s My Boy,” at the Regal Fenway on Saturday evening. The first to walk the red carpet was “Bridesmaids” actress Maya Rudolph, who told us that Sandler, David Spade, Colin Quinn, and the other “Saturday Night Live” alumni in the “Grown Ups” franchise treat her like a relative, even though she never overlapped with them on the show. “It’s sort of like being part of this insane family,” she told us, of the “SNL” community. Rudolph said she’s been there to advise and support “SNL” folks (maybe Kristen Wiig?) who have made decisions to leave the show. She admitted that when she made the difficult decision to leave, she turned to her own “SNL” elders. “I remember leaning on Chris Kattan in the San Fernando Valley when it was time for me to go,” she said, adding with a laugh, “I’ve been joking for years that I’m going to start an ‘SNL’ support group. I think I should.” Rudolph added that she’s read the recently released memoir by Lexington’s “SNL” alumnus Rachel Dratch, and that Dratch did a “beautiful job” talking about the “SNL” experience.
Quinn, who appears in both the “Grown Ups” franchise and “That’s My Boy,” followed Rudolph on the red carpet. He told us that he had spent the day shopping in Boston and joked that he wasn’t exactly mobbed by fans. “I was walking around today and didn’t get bothered at all. It’s sad.” After Quinn, we saw sportsguy Dan Patrick, Peter Dante, and Oliver Hudson, all of whom have roles in “Grown Ups 2.” Dante revealed to us that “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner, who plays a frat guy in the movie, has already visited Massachusetts to film scenes. “We shot by a military base,” explained Dante, who’s appeared in a long list of Sandler comedies including “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “50 First Dates,” and “The Waterboy.” Dante promised that Taylor would be back to film more scenes later this summer and would probably be more visible. Hudson — who is Goldie Hawn’s son, Kate Hudson’s brother, and stars in the show “Rules of Engagement — said he had recently arrived in Boston for the “Grown Ups” shoot and that he’ll be here for about a month. His wife, actress Erinn Bartlett, is from Longmeadow, so Hudson said he knows Massachusetts well. “I got so lucky,” he said, of his in-laws, who joined him for Saturday’s screening. Last to arrive for the “That’s My Boy” premiere was New Hampshire native Sandler, who happily posed for pics with his movie friends before heading into the theater. Sadly, “Grown Ups” star Salma Hayek, who was expected to attend the screening, wasn’t there. We’re told that the group had an after-party at Kings. “That’s My Boy” has its official release on Friday.