After 34 years of putting on 3-6 shows a day for my classes, I decided it might be fun to take my acting on the road. ;-)
I had a speaking part in an Independent "coming of age" movie shot in northern Ohio called Bringing Up Bobby. I played a stereotypical used car salesman. It was fun, and I got along really well with the kids in the cast.
One night, very very late, around 3:00 a.m., I was sitting on the couch with the TV on, and I had just finished up a mundane task on my laptop. I knew I should go to bed, but I thought, "I wonder what is on TV." So I started flipping slowly up through the cable channels. Eventually, I clicked on the remote and paused to see what was on. To my surprise, there was MY face on the screen, delivering one of my comedic lines! I thought I was going to fall off the couch, I was so surprised. It's not often you look up and see your own head, larger than life-sized, on a big flat-screen TV!
I was also in a movie called The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, shot here in Pittsburgh. I was in a couple of crowd scenes, one on the street and the other in the subway (called the "T" here). In the street scene, I was among the crowd on the sidewalk heading towards either a Penguins game (hockey) or Pirates game (baseball). It was set in a time frame where both seasons were overlapping, so there was a mix of logos on the apparel we wore. Anyway, Russell Crowe's part was to race across the street with Elizabeth Banks as they made their escape from the jail. Then they ran up the sidewalk in front of me. Russell Crowe garbed a Pirates jacket from "someone" to put on as a disguise as he turned the corner and headed for the T.
All that can be seen of *me* in that scene is a tiny yellow speck in the crowd behind him as he gets across the street (the yellow on my Pirates jacket). I was WAY back in the crowd. But we had to keep on walking until the director called "cut." So I always ended up walking about 20 yards past where he and Banks crossed the street. Between takes, we rested up until the director called "Reset!" and we went back to our starting marks. Since I didn't want to just stand at my starting mark, I decided to sit on a little wall and rest a bit, right near where the two ran across the street. Between takes, the two of them walked by me on their was back over for the next take each time. The rule for extras is "Don't talk to the stars. They're working, and they don't have time to chat it up with fans, so leave them alone and be professional. Do your job and don't speak unless they speak to you first."
So I just sat there and just glanced up at them (making sure not to stare) when they came by me. After the second take, Russell Crowe walked over to me and said, "Hey, that's a great-looking [Pirates] jacket. Did you get that from wardrobe or is that your own?" I told him it was my own, and we chatted about nothing in particular for a while until the director called "Reset!" Elizabeth Banks just stood a few feet away and looked bored. He was very nice to me, and between other takes, he made an effort to talk a bit with some of the other extras as well. She didn't, but I don't think we can blame her for not talking up the peasants. ;-)