Justin Theroux

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Justin Theroux shot a gruesome scene for The Leftovers in Forest Park, Queens, New York, Tuesday afternoon. Wearing his Mapleton Police Department uniform, the 42-year-old actor got into character as Kevin Garvey, the city's chief of police. In this episode, the cop finds a bloody corpse tied to a tree.

HBO greenlit the series in September 2013, but the network has yet to announce a premiere date.

Based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name, The Leftovers takes place after a rapture and follows the people who didn't make the cut and are left to fend for themselves in a suburban community. The drama series also stars Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka.

Justin Theroux

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"Hopefully what you're going to care about when you watch the show more and more is how these characters are dealing with this situation in terms of living in this world and interacting with each other and less about what happened and where everybody went and why," executive producer Damon Lindelof said. "Although there will be characters on this show who are concerned with those things."

"The show is a grower, not a shower—not to compare it to an erect penis, but in many ways the metaphor is that," Lindelof said during a TCA panel in January, one month before shooting resumed.

Theroux has been hard at work on the show, but on Monday, he took some time off to attend the Captain America: The Winter Soldier afterparty, held at New York City's Jimmy at the James. While there, he ducked questions about fiancée Jennifer Aniston and his career. Per The New York Post's Page Six, a guest reportedly asked Theroux, "When will you get an Oscar?" He replied, "I do comedies!"

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