Extras of the Lost Ark

05-Jun-07 8:30 AM by
Filed under Films; 3 comments.

Best reason to take a day off from work ever.

Don't look for me in my cubicle next Monday; I'll be cracking my whip in New Haven (along with every other actor and bystander in New England).

3 Responses to “Extras of the Lost Ark”

  1. Ken Gagne adds:

    Not much to report from today's open call. It was scheduled from 1 PM to 9 PM, so I got there at 11 AM. They were already taking people at that time, and since only a few people thought to show up early, I was done by 11:30 AM.

    The registration form asked for my contact info, measurements, and a few other criteria that may suggest specific roles for extras: do I own a dog? Do I play football? Do I have experience cheerleading? Every extra will be given a haircut in the style of the 1950s without question; you can't work as an extra without agreeing to such. Facial hair will also need to be shaved. They took my photo, in addition to the headshot and resume I supplied.

    I signed up for just three days of shooting, one of them being a Saturday. That should be enough for me to say I was in Indiana Jones 4.

    Props to the 23-year-old behind me who took time off from his construction job to attend this open call, and will take another week off to work as an extra. That in itself isn't extraordinary — except he lives and works in Seattle. "In 30 years, it won't matter if I missed work or if I spent a thousand bucks on airline tickets; but it will matter if I was in Indiana Jones," the fan said. Wow.

  2. peterw adds:

    We'll look forward to seeing you on the big screen, Ken — always hoping you don't end up on the cutting room floor!

    And we'll expect detailed instructions about where to watch for you! :-)

  3. Ken Gagne adds:

    Thanks, Peter. It seems they were overwhelmed with lines wrapping around the block. Calls started going out to extras four days ago — and I haven't gotten one.

    Oh, well!