Netflix series with ‘Breaking Bad’ star Giancarlo Esposito films in Huntington


Production for Netflix’s upcoming “Jigsaw” drama series continues on Long Island, with the most recent film crew sighting occurring at a Huntington pawn shop.

A “Jigsaw” production crew spent an entire day last week recording material at the Gold Coast Jewelry & Pawn shop in Huntington, according to Shmit Yuabov, who owns together with Anthony Cutrone. Yuabov added that production crews parked trucks in the Dix Hills Diner parking lot the previous evening

It’s not clear how the Huntington jewelry store fits into the plot of the forthcoming heist-drama. The story revolves around $70 million worth of bonds that went missing in downtown Manhattan amidst Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The non-linear story takes places from anywhere from 24 years prior to the heist to one year after incident.

The series stars Giancarlo Esposito, who has taken several turns as a notorious television villain in recent years. He is perhaps most recognizable as drug kingpin Gus Fring in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” He also oversees the corrupt superhero organization Vought International on Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” and portrays Moff Gideon, hunting down Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, in “The Mandalorian” Star Wars series on Disney+.

Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney and Niousha Noor are also on the series’ call sheet.

Earlier this month, film crews set up camp at Corey Beach in Blue Point, temporarily turning the summer family hotspot into Folly Beach, South Carolina.

As seen on TV

Wednesday’s filming at Gold Coast Jewelry & Pawn was not the first time television cameras rolled at Gold Coast.

Years back, Yuabov said ABC filmed material for an episode of “What Would You Do?,” a prank show hosted by correspondent John Quiñones.

With hidden cameras rolling, Yuabov worked behind the counter with his real customers. The production then sent in actors as customers, intermingling with real customers.

“The actor would pose as a client that was selling us something that wasn’t real, a fake Rolex, a fake Babe Ruth signed baseball,” Yuabov said. “And after we would agree on a deal with him, we would walk into the office and say we’re gonna do the paperwork.”

Once, Yuabov stepped away, the actor would proudly admit to the real customer the item was fake, and they are successfully pulling off a scam.

What would the real customers do? Most of them didn’t say a word about it, the shop owner said. However, a few told him he was deceived, once the actor had left. One longtime customer left the store in a hurry to call him from outside.

Yuabov said in these instances, the customers wanted to be honest, but were concerned for their safety, believing they were snitching on a real con artist standing right next to them.

Top images: Gold Coast Jewelry & Pawn (by Nicholas Grasso) with inset (Facebook).