TARRYTOWN, N.Y. It was perhaps a little too hot for Michelle Wayne to wear a corset, petticoat and dress while filming a historical documentary in Tarrytown recently.
It was very, very hot, she said, later adding she couldn't imagine how people wore those clothes every day in the summer. I actually unbuttoned some of the little hooks underneath just to breathe.
Wayne, a Dutchess County resident, is one of several actors who have been filming a new History Channel documentary set to premiere in the fall. Lyndhurst Director Rena Zurofsky said the untitled series is about the men who built America, such as Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
Lyndhurst was used as a set, Zurofsky said, because it was correct to the time period and had many rooms that could be interpreted differently.
Wayne played the part of a maid who served tea and said she had a wonderful experience. It took six or seven takes to film her part, she said. Wayne said Lyndhurst was a great setting for the series.
I couldn't say more nice things about it, she said.
Ossining resident Joseph Saks had two different roles in the film: an apprentice and a soldier. He said he got to play the soldier who was in the room when President William McKinley is shot.
I helped him tackle the gunman, he said.
Saks recently changed careers to become an actor and he said he's finding that he really likes it. Lyndhurst was a great, beautiful location to shoot, he said. This film shoot was his first to have full hair, makeup and wardrobe.
The cast was a great group of people to work with, he said. It's a really happy environment.
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