Hammy Background Extras!
I love seeing these!
Right now I'm watching "Dressed to Kill" and one of the final scenes with Nancy Allen in a restaurant has an extra just behind her who's doing her best to add to the scene.
She toasts her lunch partner with her wineglass exaggeratedly — in two different shots! — and keeps pantomiming an animated conversation. Her masterstroke is taking a sip of soup, making a face and tilting her head back and forth as if to say, "Eh ... I've had better ... I've had worse."
Have you ever noticed other scenes with shameless background extras?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||03/22/2019|
i have a hard enough time watching the movie much less paying any attention to extras.....
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/10/2019|
The dancer doing the duck waddle in "Grease".
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/10/2019|
There's restaurant scene at Mount Rushmore in [italic]North by Northwest[/italic] in which a little boy, who'd apparently gone through the scene more than once, puts his hands over his ears BEFORE the bad guy shoots his gun.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/10/2019|
I love that De Palma added those little touches. If you notice, he also employs a split diopter on both shots of the main actor so that the background actors on either side of the main characters are totally in focus at the same time. In most movies, they'd use a lens that would blur them out, but De Palma loves having multiple things in focus at the same time. This is why all his films seem so playful instead of as seedy as the subject matter might initially seem. We could use more playful directors like that these days.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/10/2019|
When the movie is boring, I scan the background extras for cute guys.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/10/2019|
Watch the creepy little kid on the right
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/10/2019|
Dressed to Kill is free to view on YouTube
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/10/2019|
Dvida is a background extra in a movie called "F.A.R.T. The Movie" and she walks as close to the two leads who are speaking to each other as possible, and walks back and forth behind them repeatedly during the scene. It's like an unfunny version of the whale in "The Life Aquatic."
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/10/2019|
This thread is especially created for this dude. He’s enthusiastic beyond all reason. He stole the show, if you ask me.
End scene in “Ghostbusters”.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/10/2019|
I had a friend who was a professional extra. Boy, did she ham it up in her scenes.
She wanted to be an actress but never made the transition.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/10/2019|
She was also a singer!
And wrote all her own stuff.
She can imagine!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/10/2019|
I thought this was a scene from Harry Potter but they’re talking about tranny surgery. WTF?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/10/2019|
Thanks OP that was a hilarious scene from Dressed to Kill. Great movie too!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/10/2019|
I saw a Pop up Video that pointed out a little girl who was way OTT in Tina Turner’s, We don’t need another hero vid and they said the director wanted to kill her.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/10/2019|
[quote]This thread is especially created for this dude. He’s enthusiastic beyond all reason. He stole the show, if you ask me. End scene in “Ghostbusters”.
Ha! That guy is a good friend of mine, we used to live at the Westside Y in the early 80s! He is a very enthusiastic person and they actually placed him in a couple scenes on purpose. He was shocked that he ended up being so noticeable in the finished film, and has even been interviewed by a fan blog! It is a source of humor and fun for him to this day.
He is a very popular A-list makeup designer for tv and film and is a talented, hard-working guy.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/10/2019|
The shocked woman who's eavesdropping behind Barry Gordon is Mary Davenport. She's actress Jennifer Salt's real mother, and is also in De Palma's SISTERS.
Best scene, BTW:
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/10/2019|
Cameron Crowe points out in the commentary of Fast Times at Ridgemont High that a background girl says hi to Jennifer Jason Leigh as she is walking out of the school entrance onto the grass talking with Damone, and Jennifer gives her a surprised look.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/10/2019|
OMG @R6, I never noticed that before. How the fuck did they not catch the little shit doing that?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/10/2019|
The shocked older woman is the original Concerned Team Mom.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/10/2019|
In “a restaurant?” In A RESTAURANT? That, my friend was Windows on the World (blessed be its memory) in the World Trade Center (blessed be its memory). How soon we forget.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/10/2019|
R15, that’s so funny (and it’s great that he’s propsering). I love that guy. If you talk to him, let him know he has a small following on the UES.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/11/2019|
I could be wrong, but I think the excited soup woman was intentional. As a contrast to both Nancy and Keith's conversation and the grossed out lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/11/2019|
Awwwww...... I thought this thread was about hamsters 🙁
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/11/2019|
I was an extra in a movie once. It was cold, but we were supposed to pretend it was a hot day in July. Luckily, I was out of focus. My "I'm so hot" gestures were so exaggerated they could have been seen in the last row of Shakespeare In The Park.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/11/2019|
Eldo Ray Estes is a star, people! And has aged well.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/11/2019|
De Palma knew what he was doing or he wouldn't have used that split diopter to make sure the background actors were in focus, too. I think he probably just planned to do it on Keith Gordon's shot to showcase the outraged woman behind him, but figured it might look odd if he only did it on his shot and not Nancy Allen's as well, so he gave the extras behind her some fun business, too. I love it. So much fun. Movies aren't as much fun anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/11/2019|
I was one of those shameless background extras on Star Trek: TNG. Whenever I was an officer standing on the bridge at a control panel behind Picard, I would make sure my head sometimes turned enough to at least get a profile.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/11/2019|
Oh, and if the ship was being tossed in turbulence, I would make sure I lurched to where my face was more toward the camera.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/11/2019|
I was in a crowd at a baseball game in "My Blue Heaven" with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, and I waved my arms around a lot, but sadly I was too far away from the camera.
My Mom was an extra in several episodes of the TV series "Renegade" with Lorenzo Lamas, and at least one or two episodes of "Silk Stalkings." Some pretty long scenes, too, including a courtroom scene and another scene comforting a girl who had been attacked. She didn't ham it up, but she's rght there, plain as day, on the screen. I still have the VHS tapes.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/11/2019|
How about the intro to SNL with Phil Hartman? The blonde woman trying desperately to get her face in the shot is Brinn, his wife who killed him (and herself. You can still see her earring swinging.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/11/2019|
In "Only You," a 1994 movie with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr., there is a scene at the end, which takes place in a plaza in some city in Italy. If you watch the background extras carefully, you'll see one guy, maybe 25 years old or so, wearing a backpack. He crosses the scene several times, alternating directions, as if he's lost or something. They had him cross the background, wait, cross the other way, wait, cross, etc. I found it distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/11/2019|
The Gilmore Girls extras were hammy as shit too.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/11/2019|
As the story goes, Brynn Hartman kept trying to show her face when they filmed that clip of Phil.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/11/2019|
Wow, Nancy Allen's acting in that clip sucked. I remember her as a better actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/11/2019|
Yep R33, which is why I said "the woman desperately trying to get her face in the shot".
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/11/2019|
The old woman who gives Mary Tyler Moore a dirty look when she tosses her hat in the air is a pretty famous one.
I’m an extra in the movie “Speechless” starring my faves, Michael Keaton and Geena Davis. You can see my friend, a tall, multi-racial woman with a blonde Afro, but you can’t see me. Oh well.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/11/2019|
In a restaurant scene in "King of Comedy" you see a guy walk past the table, look at DeNiro, and DeNiro turns his head and looks towards him. The guy sits at a table behind DeNiri and watches him, at one point mimicking his movenments. It was Chuck Low, DeNiro's landlord IRL. He wanted to be in movies.
Scorsese later cast him as Morrie, the wig maker in Goodfellas.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/11/2019|
In the original Dawn of the Dead, there was a zombie nurse that at one point when the zombies burst through a door she is there with hands outstretched and totally hamming it up.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/11/2019|
I always found Nancy Allen endearing. She's not the best actress in the world, but she was so charming.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/11/2019|
I do background every now and then and I always gets paired with these mofos. It always seems to be their first day doing it and don't understand the pantomiming or that you're not actually supposed to read lips and they act ridiculous. One chick kept saying "What?" to me during the first take at a dinner table scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/11/2019|
A friend was kicked off a car commercial because he kept mugging for the camera.
The dealership owner was to walk towards the camera announcing a spring sale. The extras were suppose to turn and smile when they head the news.
During the first take my friend did a fist pump. The director reminded him of what he was suppose to do.
Second take he did a thumbs up. The director again reminded him to just turn and smile.
Third take he did a really exaggerated Joker grin. The director told him to move to the back and pulled a woman from the background to replace him.
Fourth take he put his hands up and shook his head in wonderment. The director yelled at him to get off the set.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/11/2019|
My background enthusiasm is only matched by my ass kicking ability!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/11/2019|
R25 THAT's who that is?
Back in the day I know he was the makeup artist for a few of the NYC soaps.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/11/2019|
I've done background on and off over the years when I've been in between staff jobs in Los Angeles.
One time, I was an extra in a restaurant; we were told to really liven it up as it was a party scene; the a.d. who was great and not an asshole like some are, said to us: we know it's instinctive to be subtle, but this time we WANT you to liven it up.
She wasn't an extra but one time on As the World Turns Lyla is singing at the Mona Lisa, spotlight is in her, she's singing away...and the regular players are seated at the tables in shadows and I find catching my eye someone's elbows; it's Lucinda, eating a salad -- still looking at Lyla, but the way she was eating the salad was so distracting!
I loves me some Liz!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/11/2019|
Oh Honey, OP. Good call. But the old Frau who is appalled, simply appalled at someone, is even better. Dabbing at her mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/11/2019|
R44 Love Liz Hubbard but she is the definition of HAM!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/11/2019|
Ice Castles - 1978. I can't link directly to the time stamp but look at the old couple at 31:21 right behind Lynn-Holly Johnson on the right side of the screen. Gramma's got that cup frozen in the air for a good 15 seconds.
Not hammy, just shitty.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/11/2019|
I once did background in a scene on Gossip Girl with Dick Cavett. He asked me if I enjoyed doing background work. I replied that it could be fun but was often tedious. He looked thoughtful and said “I always wondered why, particularly in the 60s and 70s, you’d see a couple in restaurant scenes sitting behind the main couple and the woman would point to her plate and nod in the affirmative!”
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/11/2019|
R44, it's always so fun to watch the socializing at the Mona Lisa (thank God for Youtube). That soap did large group scenes in a realistic way that no other soap did.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/11/2019|
I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/11/2019|
quote]How about the intro to SNL with Phil Hartman? The blonde woman trying desperately to get her face in the shot is Brinn, his wife who killed him (and herself. You can still see her earring swinging.
Were they already together or is that when they met?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/11/2019|
The man in the upper right corner is pleasuring himself, unbeknownst to Ann B. Davis in the front row.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||03/11/2019|
he wasn't an extra but this 'bit' player barely had any lines in a memorable Regarding Henry scene; the grocery delivery guy comes in with the food and the maid goes to get the money; the door's left open and Henry walks out into the streets of New York. I remember watching thinking this grocery guy is a JERK for letting this happen; he knows something's probably wrong, but says nothing.
I look him up on IMDB and the guy was played by --- J.J. Abrams, who WROTE Regarding Henry.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/11/2019|
The woman in the background shows her dedication to being Coffee Shop Extra when she takes a sip of coffee and then CHEWS, despite not having any food.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/11/2019|
I think she’s chewing boba.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/11/2019|
Check out the guy at the 00:40 mark
How did that stay in??
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/11/2019|
I was an extra on a "reality" show but it was all fake. Most of it was all b-roll stuff so we could just talk in normal voices, so it was mostly fun since it was a restaurant scene and we were supposed to be eating and having fun.
My little group got lucky since they put us at the bar, and we shot the shit with the waiter who actually brought us food to eat...most of the rest of the extras seated in the main dining area got little or nothing to eat (though we were originally promised a real meal) but we got a chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/11/2019|
i am an extra in my own life but unfortunately there is no film of it......uh oh.....wait a minute.....
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/12/2019|
I heard Bruce Willis was an extra in courtroom scenes in the film The Verdict but I can’t spot him in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/12/2019|
R51 IIRC they were a couple already and Brynn thought SHE would be the one to make it big.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/12/2019|
R56 I don't know who's more hammy, that extra guy or Faye Dunaway in that ridiculous skirt she's wearing. (We get it Faye, ya got great stems.)
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/12/2019|
An Ellen episode (the one with Carrie Fisher) did a whole thing on extras (Ellen) hamming it up.
It starts at 16:00
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/12/2019|
What about that guy who whipped out his dick in one of the basketball game scenes in Teen Wolf? Did we ever find out what that was about? Was it planned or did some extra get overzealous?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/12/2019|
OP, that shocked woman is hilarious. Thanks!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/12/2019|
Just saw the background photos on the wall taken at Central Casting of Eva Longoria, Rami Malek, Kesha, Tiffany Haddish, Kelly Clarkson, Sasha Alexander, Mikey Day, Chrissy Metz, Sasha Alexander, Casey Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Maria Bamford, Jon Huertas.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||03/12/2019|
In the film of The Sound of Music, as Maria sings I Have Confidence, she passes under an archway. In the background you can briefly see three women. They are the real Maria von Trapp and two of her daughters.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||03/12/2019|
I'm a union actor, but do a lot of background acting in between jobs, and sometimes I am horrified of the overacting background actors that think they are the stars of the scene. I guess when I started out I was like that, but the best background actors are the ones you don't notice.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/12/2019|
This lesbian extra was memorable just for how often she would appear on Star Trek TNG. She was in countless episodes and 3 movies but never got a line.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||03/12/2019|
I was a regular background actor on Fame for 2 years. What a fucking nightmare with Gene Anthony Ray. I was also asked to go to Billy Hufseys' dressing room. Anther gay extra would go and suck his dick. I was too much of a prude. It actually was a pretty fun job on the old MGM lot off Overland in Culver City
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/12/2019|
In National Treasure: Book of Secrets, when the main actors are in the gold cavern at the end, the scene calls for general confusion, with the actors all talking at once, apparently. It’s so obvious that this was the direction, as four or six people don’t all talk at length, at once, as in the movie. It looks ridiculous.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||03/12/2019|
R59, not sure about Willis, but Tobin Bell (Saw movies star) is there.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||03/12/2019|
I did extra work on a soap and it was one of my first gigs ever; played some teen who got arrested; the extra playing the cop tells me he's been doing this for YEARS and when the scene starts he, in character, starts SCOLDING me...I'm like WTF? I don't know much, but I know extras don't talk!!
The stage manager comes over and says to the guy, ever so calmly, 'oh, just pantomime' and the guy goes, 'oh, okay.' it was ridiculous.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||03/12/2019|
I was just watching Dressed to Kill and wondering why DePalma included that scene at the end of the movie. It doesn't fit with the tone of the rest of the film at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||03/12/2019|
R76 you can see Tobin Bell in that pic, too. Just over Newman’s head.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||03/12/2019|
"I was a regular background actor on Fame for 2 years. What a fucking nightmare with Gene Anthony Ray."
We need elaboratia.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/12/2019|
The woman “overhearing” Liz Blake is almost in shock, the woman behind Liz can’t hear her. Nancy Allen was a lovely actress, and it’s kind of a difficult scene to pull off.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/12/2019|
Between real acting jobs I worked as an extra twice, 1 time in college, and another when I was really broke in NYC. Both days were utterly MIND NUMBING!!! You were kept in a tent with all the other extras and the hours CRAWLED by. Once you were on the set it was fine because it became creative ... but that was just 100th of the looooooooong day.
When you have a speaking role you have a little trailer you can hang out in, or you can just chat in the makeup room, or you can watch the filming. But being an extra was HORRIBLE. For me, anyway.
Jury duty would be more invigorating.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||03/12/2019|
Should have said “just 1 100th”
|by Anonymous||reply 83||03/12/2019|
My husband knows a guy he went to school with who did extra roles at least once a week. Supplemented his SSI. I saw a photo of him and he is really nondescript looking. I can see why he got work.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/12/2019|
I saw my doppelgänger once. I was watching SNL years ago and a couple was sitting at a table in a restaurant scene and one of them looked EXACTLY like me. Even the movements were the same.
It was creepy.
I've never seen that sketch again. Every time after that when I saw an old episode with a restaurant scene I checked to see if "I" was in the background.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||03/12/2019|
R85 are you a time traveler?
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/12/2019|
I'm a union actor too, and I have done exactly ONE day of extra work on a commercial because a big chunk of us were being upgraded to principals, which did happen, but not to me. It was mind-numbing and after that one time for research I will NEVER do it again. I have too much ego to not be a principal, and have my own trailer and lines and the regular day rate. If you're stuck on a set all day you cannot audition for real roles. I don't know how people do it more than once, I found it humiliating.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/12/2019|
Extree! Extree! Read all about the failed actors!!
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/12/2019|
Actually, r88, I work all the time and make a middle class living. I know shaming working stiffs is your only joy, but do try not to be such a cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/12/2019|
Unless you're jumping from series to series with movie roles in between, you will be considered a failed actor at some point.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/12/2019|
[quote]r90 Unless you're jumping from series to series with movie roles in between, you will be considered a failed actor at some point.
You might call that a "failed star," if you wanted to. But real working actors are not "failed actors".
You wouldn't call a mechanic who's supporting themselves with their job a "failed mechanic" just because they're not nationally known.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/12/2019|
R91 a mechanic is skilled labor who will never be without a job and can live in any city in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/12/2019|
Famous improvised scene.
After perhaps the 15th take, the principle actors make it to the street corner when the walk-light turns green, allowing them to proceed. A real cab driver, frustrated by the traffic congestion caused by the movie crew, tries to drive through the scene. Dustin Hoffman almost gets hit, but stays in character and screams at the cabbie. He has stated that he was thinking “hey, we’re making a movie here”, but instead yells “hey, I’m walking here, I’m walking here”, as the cabbie yells back at him.
The director liked the interaction so much, they had to track the cabbie down, to get him to sign a release and get paid for his lines.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/12/2019|
Then there is the semi-famous story of the extra in Star Trek IV who spoke when filmed, the footage got used in the final cut, and they had to get her a SAG card...
|by Anonymous||reply 95||03/13/2019|
R72, you are going to have to put your afternoon shit on hold and provide some details re: Gene Anthony Ray. I have made some General Foods International Suisse Mocha and await your input with bated breath.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/13/2019|
I love how the woman in OP's clip reacts to the soup full thirty seconds after first moving the spoon to her mouth.
r27 Ooh, bitch, I know exactly who you are! I watched TNG from start to finish for the first time last year and I distinctly recall thinking to myself at one point: "Why the hell did that bridge extra behind Picard turn his head towards the camera just then?" You were shameless in the moment but you'll live forever on celluloid now. And remastered in HD, no less.
Anyway, this thread is nice and mug-cradle-y (hygge?). Continue, please.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||03/13/2019|
We would classify the TNG extra as a featured extra at times, right? I mean she probably got more money on occasion for her work?
I mean if you are in a foreground or two-shot with a lead (whether you talk or not)...
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/13/2019|
You don’t, R98. If you were a union extra and particularly featured in a scene you got a “silent bit” and an extra hundred bucks was added to your day rate. But that ended in the 1990s.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/13/2019|
There's always "one", let me tell you. I worked on a show yesterday and there was a background actor who of course was an expert on everything having to do with acting, the business, production, all of it. Insufferable.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/13/2019|
They need to give an Oscar for Best Performance by an Extra.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||03/13/2019|
I, too, did extra work once or twice. Most of the extras were from the town where we were filming (myself included), but there were always a few who'd drive up or down from a bigger city and they were always the most insufferable ones. They'd talk about all the movies they did background work on and which stars they'd stood in for. It was incredibly sad, like something from The Day of the Locust. I wanted to be like "relax, Mavis. You're just doing background and stand in work. No one is even going to notice you when they see the movie." Hell, I stood in for a major star, too, on one of those shoots and it's not like we became best buddies or anything (although, he was perfectly lovely).
It's really terrible, boring work, but you can get paid up to $200 on a SAG or big budget studio film. Indie films, you're lucky to get a slice of pizza for waiting around all day. There are tougher, more exhausting jobs, but few quite as boring. Hell, even having a speaking role or a bigger role in a big budget film can be boring. You're still only acting for maybe 30-40% of the day and you're just waiting around for the rest of the day. At least with indie films, you're always chasing the clock, so you might shoot 10+ pages every day, which is insane for a film shoot. It's a lot more fun, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||03/13/2019|
I do think people would be surprised by just how boring film sets are. I've had a few friends in films and they always ask me to come visit them on set and I can only stay an hour or two before I'm bored out of my mind. It's a lot of stopping and starting and moving the lights and taking out that prop behind the actor and putting it on the other side of their head and then re-lighting because there's a glare, etc. It's dull as hell.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||03/13/2019|
We bloody own this thread, don't we?
|by Anonymous||reply 104||03/13/2019|
Phil Hartman's psycho-bitch wife who killed him, is seen in the opening credits of SNL with him sitting at a table, and her earring is swinging back and forth. That's because she kept starring directly into the camera and had to be told not to do that, so she was whipping her head from side to side.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||03/13/2019|
So many people on this thread are missing its point.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||03/13/2019|
R106 Why don't you edumacate us ? What is the point ?
|by Anonymous||reply 107||03/13/2019|
Yes R105, we know. Maybe you could actually read the rest of the thread before you post someone else's exact same post?
|by Anonymous||reply 108||03/13/2019|
Sorry to enrage you r108, over something so trivial, but actually it's not the exact same post anyway. Mine includes a gif showing the actual scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||03/13/2019|
I know this was intentional and John Hughes told them what he wanted I'm sure, but I've always loved the background scene of the big guy and little guy wrestling from Sixteen Candles.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||03/13/2019|
R109 You have been warned -- go back and review EVERY one of the last 58 posts until you get to R51 . Compliment it, something like "LOL clever R51 ! Go gurl !". Then be on your way
|by Anonymous||reply 111||03/13/2019|
R109, please take a gander at R30 for the first posting of that clip.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||03/13/2019|
I wanted all the extras on that bus in Speed to be blown up and was bitterly disappointed.
I heard that the extras on Towering Inferno all stayed back away from the elevators when the director yelled “Action!” They knew if they got in the elevator they’d lose five more weeks more of work.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||03/13/2019|
Keanu got to know several of the Speed guys very well.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||03/13/2019|
A friend of mine was a cop extra in The Hard Way and claiimed that Michael J. Fox tried to pick up male extras. The same was true of George Clooney on the set of One Fine Day.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||03/14/2019|
I can’t cite a specific movie, but you often see an actor who is briefly in the center of the action, but awkwardly doesn’t speak. Apparently, if they speak, even if it’s just “Thank you”, or “Hello”, they become a different level of employee and cost more. True, extras?
|by Anonymous||reply 116||03/14/2019|
Yes, R116, even getting to say one word automatically makes an extra a principal actor and he/she gets a contract to sign at the end of the day. I think a principal upgrade is now something like just over $900.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||03/14/2019|
[quote]r96 you are going to have to put your afternoon shit on hold and provide some details re: Gene Anthony Ray. I have made some General Foods International Suisse Mocha and await your input with bated breath.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||03/14/2019|
[quote] R117: . I think a principal upgrade is now something like just over $900.
And then they’ll splurge on parties and who knows what else.
I worked for financial companies, and they were really cheap about salaries, not realizing that being too cheap just creates resentment, destroys moral, and makes employees less interested in making any extra efforts.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||03/14/2019|
[quote]r115 if they speak, even if it’s just “Thank you”, or “Hello”, they become a different level of employee and cost more. True, extras?
Extras are not even to be directed by the actual director - as that makes them too pivotal, and of a different pay scale. An assistant director tells the background players what to do.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||03/14/2019|
If you're in a restaurant scene and you're way behind the main actors, you'll usually be told to improvise some bit of dialogue, but since it won't be heard in the final cut of the film, they don't have to pay you SAG scale.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||03/14/2019|
The pedestrian in the middle at the end of the clip....
|by Anonymous||reply 123||03/18/2019|
I find myself strangely nourished by this thread. More showbiz stories, please.
r123 How did no one catch that? And what a nice little bum on him.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||03/18/2019|
The Stepford Wives remake was a hotbed of background actor intrigue. Halfway through the very lengthy (86 days) shoot Scott Rudin decided to cut a third of them, replacing some of the husbands with shorter, schlubbier looking ones and some of the wives with taller, blond European ones. And it didn’t make one bit of difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||03/18/2019|
Saw this extra who glanced directly into the camera last night and immediately thought of this thread, and especially of the shameless, pioneering r27.
I say get those cookies if you can!
|by Anonymous||reply 126||03/22/2019|