Keene residents adopted Robin Williams during filming of 'Jumanji'
“Before our Pumpkin Festival, “Jumanji” really put Keene on the map and Keene really owes Robin Williams a debt of gratitude,” resident Steve Lindsey said Tuesday.
Filiault was on a sub-committee that dealt with sidewalk and street closures during the filming of “Jumanji.”
Though some filming also took place in Swanzey as well as Canada and Maine, downtown Keene exteriors were used to establish the look of the small New Hampshire town where “Jumanji” was set.
“Back then, WKBK had its studios on Lamson Street downtown. I remember looking out of the window in the newsroom on the second floor. I was looking north over the bank parking lot. I was maybe 200 feet from West Street. For most of the morning, you could see Robin running on West Street toward Central Square. ... He was quite a sight in tattered clothing. Obviously they were shooting multiple takes for the movie.”
“Bill wasn’t the tallest person in the world,” Filiault said.
Williams looked at the keys, then at Lynch and back again. Then, in a Munchkin voice, Williams said, “Thanks for the keys to Munchkin City,” Filiault and Lund said.
Everyone was rolling in the aisles, Filiault said, adding: “Probably the most entertaining experience I’ve had.”
Dave Eisenstadter was 12 when “Jumanji” came to Keene. Like most kids in the area, he didn’t meet Williams but was affected by the filming of the movie.
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