“The White House Plumbers” are back.
The HBO miniseries starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux was filming at SUNY Purchase Monday, as evidenced by crew parking and signs along Purchase Street and Anderson Hill Road. Crews were seen stationed along the college’s main ring road in a wooded area.
There was no trace of Harrelson’s RV with its murals of turtles and other endangered species. The trailer was parked in White Plains in June for filming.
Fittingly, scenes were also filmed in a wooded area of the purchasing campus for the movie “The Post,” which chronicles the battle between Washington Post reporters and the US government over the publication of the Pentagon Papers. At the time, the campus was used as a stand-in for a Vietnam War battlefield.
Not a word on what the “WHP” production crew was filming on Monday.
“White House Plumbers” has been filming throughout the Hudson Valley since early summer, also in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and White Plains, where Harrelson’s trailer was parked. Harrelson also contacted a Beacon vegetarian restaurant for help making a mask for the shoot.
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Production was halted after an incident that occurred during filming in Rockland County in early August. By deadline, there was an argument between someone from the props department and series director and executive producer David Mandel, which led to the props department walking off the set in protest.
The five-part limited series is based in part on Public Records and the book “Integrity” by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh. It shows how Richard Nixon’s political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, accidentally overthrew the presidency they were trying to protect. Harrelson plays Hunt, with Theroux as Liddy.
More local connections
Judy Greer plays G. Gordon’s wife, Frances “Fran” Purcell. Purcell was a resident of Poughkeepsie who, according to his obituary, married Liddy at St. Mary’s Church in Poughkeepsie. Liddy died in April and was buried in Poughkeepsie.
Others in the cast include Domhnall Gleeson (of “Run” fame), Lena Headey (of “Game of Thrones”), Kiernan Shipka (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), David Krumholtz (“The Deuce”), Gary Cole ( from “Veep”) and Kathleen Turner.
Karen Croke is the feature editor for lohud.com and poughkeepsiejournal.com. Find my stories here. Reach me at [email protected]