Hollywood came to Greenport on Monday when a crew from the Hulu series “The Path” shot several scenes in the village, including Front Street, Carpenter Street and even inside Claudio’s restaurant.
Actor Aaron Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad,” was in town shooting scenes for the series’ second season. The Path is “a classic family drama mixed with a psychological thriller, set in the world of an emerging religious movement,” according to Variety.
The first season can currently be streamed on Hulu.
Paul stars as Eddie Lane, a man who joins the controversial Meyerist movement.
Also shooting with Paul today was actress Michelle Monaghan, who plays Eddie’s wife, Sarah Lane, also a member of the movement; young actress Aimee Laurence, who plays their daughter, Summer; and actor Rockmond Dunbar, formerly of “The Mentalist” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
Front Street shops were open during the shoot with traffic and pedestrians allowed to move freely, although every few minutes the production would shut down the street to film.
One scene entailed a quick shot of Paul, Monaghan and Laurence walking around the corner of First and Front streets only to make a hasty retreat when they spotted Dunbar.
“This is what’s called a ‘walk and talk,'” said the show’s locations assistant Miguel Virola. “This is supposed to take place in Canada. It’s set in New Brunswick.”
Several fake street and store signs had been mounted on Front Street, including one on the Harbourfront Deli, which was turned into a real estate office for the day.
Harbourfront Deli owner Perry Angelson said he would receive payment for allowing the crew that privilege, but would not divulge how much.
“It’s great having this kind of energy in the village,” Angelson said, adding that his wife saw the crew filming along Rocky Point Road in East Marion.
Another scene shot on Front Street featured a one-on-one conversation between Paul and Dunbar.
“I think this is great,” said Scott Raulsome, owner of Burton’s Books, as he watched the crew shoot the same scene several times outside his store window. “It’s exciting because there are checkpoints and camera crews and, all of a sudden, some actors runs across the street. It’s just really cool to see the process.”
By noon the scene had been completed and the crew moved on to film another on Carpenter Street. Later in the afternoon, they filmed inside Claudio’s. On Tuesday, the production will shoot in Sag Harbor.