The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Opinion

April 24, 2006

My day of fame as an extra for the ‘We Are Marshall’ movie

For two months leading up to the filming of “We Are Marshall” in Huntington, I pretty much thought about nothing but how I could be involved.

I wanted to write about the movie.

I wanted my college apartment on Sixth Avenue back so I wouldn’t have to listen to my friends who still live there tell me about their Matthew McConaughey sightings (or almost-sightings, as one of those crazy friends ended up at Cabell-Huntington Hospital with a sprained ankle after falling in a hole while trying to catch a glimpse of the star).

More than anything, however, I wanted to be part of the movie. Afterall, the story is part of me and everyone else who ever attended Marshall.

So when they asked for extras, I sent in my picture and resume and hoped for the best. I also talked to people I know at Marshall. (Thank you Bill Bissett and Keith Spears).

Finally, last Monday, after what seemed like forever, I received THE call.

A lady named Samantha asked if I would be available that Wednesday at 4:30 a.m.

The time was a tad bit early but ... Was she kidding? Of course I was available!

I didn’t sleep well the night before, but who sleeps well when knowing they have to get up at 3 a.m.?

I arrived at the designated area at 4:25 a.m., took a deep breath and loaded on one of two extra-carrying tour buses.

I immediately made friends with a guy named Mark who was worried the highlights in his hair weren’t “1970,” and when we arrived at the holding area, I immediately lost Mark in the crowd of 200.

After checking in with movie-type people we were sent outside to wait in a line for wardrobe.

I ended up with a polyester brown dress, very, very uncomfortable brown wedge-type shoes, a long camel coat and horn-rimmed sunglasses.

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