- Nov 12, 2019
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Did you ever get to do any speaking roles?
A few times. Very small parts which are best forgotten, trust me.
It doesn't happen very often. It's called an upgrade: extra --> actor. (Same union - more $). I also worked as a stand-in a few times. And, before I did extra work, I worked at various crew positions.
BTW, the above photo of me is cropped. I occupy a smaller part of the frame in the actual film. It is also very brief. If you blink, you'll miss it. Such is the fate of a mere extra. Most of the time we aren't visible at all in a recognizable way. In the biz we are referred to simply as "background." If you've seen a film shoot, you may have heard the words shouted "Rolling!" then "Background!" (that's us) and then "Action!."
Except when Clint Eastwood is directing. He just says softly, "Whenever you're ready."