PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 22, 2013

Stars spotted in Mid-County

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — On Tuesday, Mid County residents got a little taste of the Hollywood life.

Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook erupted with sightings of actress Juliette Lewis, of “From Dusk ’Til Dawn” and “Natural Born Killers” fame, and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul, who has won two Emmy awards for his performance as meth kingpin Walter White’s sidekick Jesse Pinkman.

Excited fans posed for photos with Lewis at HEB on FM 365 and Jack Brooks Regional Airport, where she arrived, and Paul stopped by the Pompano Club in Port Neches.

“It was a pleasure meeting Aaron,” said Cody Eldridge, the Pompano Club server who waited on Paul. “He was a really down-to-earth guy with a great sense of humor.”

A huge “Breaking Bad” fan, Eldridge managed to maintain his composure when he met Paul.

“’Breaking Bad’ is the only show that I watch on television right now,” the Bridge City resident said. “You meet a character on your favorite show, you want to keep it cool, but it's pretty hard sometime.”

On Tuesday, The News spoke by telephone with Port Neches-Groves High School graduate Kelly Williams, producer of the movie “Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler and filming in Port Neches this week.

Williams denied rumors that the star sighting was related to his film. However, he promised a “press day” with himself and Candler for media in the near future. The cast and crew will film “Hellion” in Port Neches until Sept. 16.

The story follows Jacob, a 13-year-old heavy metal aficionado who is acting out and causing trouble in the wake of his mother’s death. Eventually, his younger brother, Wes, is removed from the home as a result of his actions.

“It’s a world where refineries, the prison system and high school sports rule, where young boys set fires to skate rinks, smoke cigarettes in drainage ditches and tear up construction sites on their motocross bikes,” Williams wrote in the article “Hellion Grows into a Feature,” published on Filmmaker Magazine’s website on Sept. 17, 2012. “It’s a film set to ’80s thrash metal and inspired by films like ‘Over the Edge’ and ‘Lord of the Flies.’”   

 “Hellion” was originally a six-minute short. Candler said at a March 21 meeting of the Port Neches City Council that a crew member felt that “this world was in Port Neches.”

“We came to visit and loved it,” Candler said. “It inspired us to take a six-minute short film to a 90-minute movie.”

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