Amazon show ‘Motorheads’ gears up to shoot in downtown Paris

Downtown Paris is undergoing a temporary transformation for a new Amazon series “Motorheads,” which is set to begin filming in the area on April 16.

It will be the first of approximately five visits between now and July, Ashley Shields-Muir, a production manager for the show, explained at a council meeting on March 26.

The show stars Ryan Phillippe and Nathalie Kelley, according to IMDb, and is set in a rust-belt town where “muscle cars are the currency,” Shields-Muir told councillors.

Locals may notice some downtown storefronts look a little different, including the Paris customer service office which bears an “Allegheny County” sign — a county in Pennsylvania — but is still open for regular service, the County of Brant said in an email.

As a result of filming downtown at Penman’s Dam Park and Bean Park, Grand River Street North will be closed from Mechanic Street to Williams Street from 4 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, and 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

The production company will notify directly impacted residents and businesses, Olga Denisova, special events and filming co-ordinator for the county, told The Spectator in an email.

She noted that filming has a “direct economic benefit” to the county through agreements and procurement by the production company, and local businesses may see a boost in business from the crew.

Additionally, there’s the potential for “long-term benefits” if viewers want to visit the locations where the show was shot, Denisova said.

The county has had “very good luck” as a filming location over the years, Mayor David Bailey said at the council meeting, pointing to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Murdoch Mysteries” and Hallmark movies shot locally.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about Brant County. Reach her at cpercybeauregard@torstar.ca.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator