I left for New York last Thursday for a very brief visit to film my scene in Vincent’s film After Louie. My call time was 1:45PM on Friday at The Black Rose Bar on Ave A and East 7th St.
The scene takes place in a dive bar in the East Village, hence the The Black Rose, and has the legendary drag artist Joey Arias singing a saucy, souped up version of a gospel song originally sung by Mahalia Jackson opening the scene.
It was going to be a while until thy started filming as the sound crew had to record Joey’s number first and film the scene after.
I was introduced to many of the crew whose names I’ve known for many months but have never met. Each person greeted me warmly, saying they heard so much about me and I said the same. Most of all it was so great to see Vincent, who I had not seen since early April and was thrilled that the film was finally being made after so many years of planning.
I also met the talented actors in the scene Wilson Cruz and Patrick Breen. At about 3PM Alan Cumming arrived, casually dressed, sporting a cropped gray beard, grown especially for his character Sam, a gay artist in his mid-50s living in New York City. I introduced myself to Alan and we had a nice chat. I later asked if I could get a photo with him and just as I was about to ask someone to take the photo, he grabbed my phone and held up his dog LaLa and took a selfie.
After much waiting for technical things to be worked out, the scene was shot at about 6PM. I had a non speaking roll, a patron at the bar sipping white wine. After Joey Arias finishes his song he saunters over and silently flirts with me while Alan, Wilson, and Patrick speak their lines sitting on bar stools behind us. The action is interrupted when a loud and obnoxious bridal party having their bachelorette party enters the bar. After the initial shooting, the crew had to reset the cameras and the scene was shot from another angle. We wrapped at 7PM.
Luckily Vincent had Sunday off from filming and we spent the day together having Sunday brunch with friends.
Top photo is Vincent
also checkout Alan's Instagram page @alancummingsnaps for more photos from After Louie
Alan and the obnoxious bachelorette party
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