Sorry Pat, I let you down. They didn't allow me anywhere near the hookers. The scene took place in the bad side of town and the prostitutes were all up on the street. Meanwhile they stuck me in a back alley talking to a guy who was sitting on a barrel. So my best guess is that I was buying drugs? Don't think meth was around back then so most likely it was opium or hashish.
I did ask the Casting Director who my character was meant to portray and he said it was a young patriot from New Jersey named Pat. How old were you in 1775 anyway? Mid 20's?
my character has changed this year from previous seasons. The first three I was a citizen from Setauket on Long Island. I was there a lot wandering around town with rum or ale, sitting in the tavern with rum or ale and sometimes carrying around a rowboat or other nautical equipment - oars. lobster cages, rum, ale, etc. This year I have primarily been placed in New York in the area they call the "Holy Ground" which is where the hookers, drunks and dregs of society congregate. Still waiting for the rum and ale.
I'm going twice in the next four days, tomorrow and Monday. They have already said that both days will be 10+ hours so that's something to anticipate with glee! Next week I will be filming in Williamsburg. I've been to the town plenty of times but this will be the first time going to the set and I'm looking forward to the new experience.
My last day there, couple weeks ago, was very interesting. There was a rule enacted that was named after me - The Howie Rule. You see, whu-wha happened was when I got the e-mail for my call time it said Episode 1. Well, I thought that was a typo because I had filmed for Ep. 1 a few weeks earlier and just a couple days before I was there for the Ep. 2 shoot. Turned out they were actually shooting Episode 3 but they had brought in a number of people to do pickups for Episode 1. I was one of those people.
As soon as I was in costume they whisked me off to the set and filming started immediately. There were several different takes from various vantage points and eventually we were sent to the holding area while they reconfigured. Now usually we sit in Holding for a looong time but this time I was there for like five minutes before a Production Assistant (PA) came in. He looked at me and judging by the costume asked if I was a Working Man. That was my character description for that day so I said yes. He takes me from Holding and took me in the other direction from where I had been previously. I have been on set enough to realize that something wasn't quite right and I did say something but in the end you just do what they tell you to do so I went along.
Now I'm in another scene and talking to the Extras there I figured out that this was Episode 3 that they were shooting. During a break in the action another PA found me and asked, "Are you Howie?" I said yeah and she told me I wasn't supposed to be there and they needed me on the other set. I was whisked over there and upon arrival one of the senior PA's made the announcement that from now on The Howie Rule was in effect. If someone asked you to go somewhere you should tell them explicitly that you are here for Episode 1.
On the one hand I could easily say that I was culpable. I have enough experience that I knew something was awry but I didn't really object that strenuously. On the other hand, the answer is always Yes. I don't argue with the Director about what I think my character should
be doing. If they tell me to jump I don't ask, "How high" because I'm already in the air asking, "When should I land?"
I also fully expect to receive two paychecks for that day since I was in two different episodes.
OK, technically I am not supposed to be posting anything about the show on Social Media.
I don't think I have been giving up any show secrets or plot devices and if someone from the production were to locate this thread on these Forums then they are superb detectives indeed.