PORTLAND – Adam Scott, the Emmy-nominated actor best known for his role in the comedy series “Party Down,” was in Portland on Thursday to film scenes for an upcoming independent movie.

He and a film crew of about three dozen people blew through the Old Port, filming at the Brian Boru bar in the morning and at the tony clothier Joseph’s on Fore Street in the early afternoon. Scott was not available for interviews, and the crew was mum about details of the shoot.

Those who were on the set said that Scott is the leading man in the film. He is trying to woo a girl, and has to upgrade his clothes.

Thus, the visit to Joseph’s.

“It was one quick scene. There were about 40 people packed in here, between the sounds and lights,” said Jeffrey Lauzier, store manager at Joseph’s. “It was organized chaos. You have to be all quiet while trying to run a business while they are filming. But it was fun.”

Scott and the crew were at Joseph’s for about two hours. They filmed a single scene, which Lauzier estimated lasted 45 seconds.

The movie’s working title is “See Girl Run.” It’s a romantic comedy, set on the midcoast. Scott’s character is hoping to impress a woman, and he’s smart enough to know that he has to look good first.

So he comes to the big city to improve himself. Joseph’s certainly fits the bill for a clothing upgrade. High-end shirts from Eton cost $200 a pop at Joseph’s.

The 200-year-old building’s exposed beams and brick walls also appealed to the filmmakers, who cited the warm, inviting interior of Joseph’s as motivation for filming there, Lauzier said.

The store manager spoke briefly with Scott, and characterized him as “a good guy, an awesome guy. Very humble.”

Scott, 38, earned a best actor Emmy Award nomination in 2009 for his role as Henry Pollard in the Starz comedy series “Party Down.” These days, he can be seen on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.”

His Twitter feed revealed nothing about his time in Portland. Instead, he urged his followers to watch the season finale of “Parks and Rec.”

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