Boca Raton's Town Center doubled as a movie set Thursday, with Klieg lights and movie cameras all around the building. Kevin James, star of the 2009 hit comedy "Paul Blart Mall Cop," was filming a trailer for the sequel in full costume.
Among the names on the credits is a South Shore Plaza in Braintree, MA. It was used for some of the aerial stunts, including when Simms and his henchmen stormed the mall and attacked Blart inside the scenic elevator.
Aside from that, the Burlington Mall in Burlington, MA, served as the background for the rest of the film. It was not the only Massachusetts mall spotted in the film, and don't expect any more Massachusetts locations to appear when "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" is released in April.
Other filming locations included the Quincy quarries and several production studios that are planned for a few different sites in Plymouth, Massachusetts. One site is the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station and another is 1,000 acres of town-owned land in Plymouth.
The original "Paul Blart" is a spoof of Die Hard, but it has a darker tone as soon as the armed gang enters the story. It features a fair amount of played-for-laughs violence, including fistfights, hitting old women and a couple of beatings. It also contains a lot of bad language and some swearing, as well as the use of a Taser.