A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about an interview I had to be Bradley Cooper’s stand-in for the film, The Dark Fields, currently filming in Philadelphia. As previously shared, I was passed over for the part. I was a bit bummed. I would have been on set daily and made a decent chunk of change. Sometimes they’ll give stand-ins some screen time, maybe even a line in the film.
Acting’s a strange business. You land a part or you don’t, but either way you just have to keep looking forward to what’s next. Well, The Dark Fields ended up being what was next and they offered me a part as, what I guess you could call, a featured extra.
Most extra work I’ve had in the past involved me and dozens of, or even a few hundred other extras standing around in big crowd scenes. You’re on set watching the action unfold but there’s little or no chance you’ll be seen onscreen and you rarely meet the principal players.
I don’t want to give too much away about the film, but for this part I was shot standing right next to Mr. Cooper, or rather, “Bradley,” as he introduced himself to me on set. You never know what footage will make it into the final cut but there’s a good chance you’ll see my mug on the big screen in this one.
I’ve been on set for major motion pictures before, but for the first time, it actually felt like I was accomplishing what I had always hoped to do since I was five years old, being in a movie. I was in front of the camera, listening to the director and cinematographer choose their shots, and practicing my lines! Wait, no, I didn’t have any lines but I did have blocking…sorta. Hey, they sent me to hair and make-up which felt very “Hollywood.”
So check out The Dark Fields when it’s released. Hell, Robert DeNiro is in it! And you might even see me.