Harrison Ford Used Me as a Prop

I worked as an extra on the 1993 Oscar-winning film The Fugitive directed by Andrew Davis. The scene is below. I’m wearing a black trenchcoat. Harry is wearing tan.

Even though I was told not to speak to him or look at him, we formed a deep artistic connection. You can see it in the clip. We feed off each other. The drama. The tension. He didn’t shove me out of frame because I was in his way; he did it because it made the scene better. And it didn’t matter that he was making $10 million and I was working twelve hour days for fifty bucks; it was about making great art. And working with Han Solo (which puts me one degree of separation away from Yoda and the rest of Hollywood’s elite). The force is with me.

Working My Ass Off for a Bally TV Spot

I was at a casting agency seeking talent for an AT&T video when I spotted an audition sheet. They were looking for men and women around my age who needed to lose some weight. I was carrying a few extra pounds, so I auditioned. My copywriter skills helped a ton with that. I won the part.

My four-month contract included a free year-long Bally Health Club membership, 72 free personal training sessions with fantastic Chicago trainer Larry McDowell, consultation with a nutritionist, and a dietitian at my disposal. And after losing 38 pounds, I was handed a check for $10,000 on the day of the final shoot. I can honestly say I worked my ass off.

BLINK and You’ll Likely Miss Me

Madeline Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Lori Metcalf blew into town the same summer as Harry Ford to shoot a Michael Apted film for New Line Cinema titled Blink. It was the story of a blind musician (Stowe) who receives a cornea transplant from a murder victim and starts to see the face of the murderer in her eyes. Okay, it was a bit far fetched, but work is work. This time Holzer & Ridge was looking for people to fill the Metro.

Yup, I avoided the cutting room floor for this film, too. Granted, I only made it in closing credits, but I got lucky. Since the main character was having “eye problems,” all of her POV shots of the crowd were blurry. A lot of extras worked a lot of hours for not a lot of money only to turn up in the final film blurry and unrecognizable. Ah, the glamours life of an extra.