I got a call last night from Walk the Line casting office, asking if I was available for a shoot today at 11am at the Casino. I said “sure”. Then they asked if I’d been through wardrobe. When I said “No”, they changed their minds. No deal. They wanted someone who’d already been measured and all that jazz. After some thought, I figured, “what do i have to lose? I’ll see if my neighbor Robert wants to go, and we’ll just go see what happens.”
Robert agreed, and we shipped out for Tunica, about a 45 min drive.
The check-in guy wondered why we weren’t on his list, but let us in anyhow. We went through wardrobe, and got our sweet 60s outfits.
Robert in his short sleeve sweater
I got a respectable jacket, but had to lose the Goat.
Robert got fitted for the “young fan” scene, and I got a sweet sharkskin suit and killer tie. The tie got a crapload of compliments throughout the day. I wanted to take it home.
After the fitting was of course, hair and makeup. This time the makeup lady was waiting for me w/ clippers in hand. I allowed her to cut the Goat. It made her day.
Hair and Makeup trailer
While siitting in the makeup chair, I overheard some girl behind me rambling on about how she read the “Mean Girls” script but turned it down, however she ended up liking the movie. I strained to see who this person was, but I sure as shit didn’t recognize her.
After hair and makeup..yes, you guessed it, sitting around and waiting. We helped ourselves to the breakfast buffet before it was quickly snatched away. I think it was probably left overs from the Crew. Extras get shit.
Holy Christ! Who knew 60s chix were so hot??
We spent a good part of the “sitting around” also “looking around”. There was a handful of girls decked out in their 60s garb, and it was oddly really attractive. The guy next to me agreed.
At this point, Robert and I got separated. As he was chosen for the “Teenie-Bopper” scene (Johnny Cash had Teenie-Bopper fans? I dunno) I was picked to go to the airport scene, which was to be the first shot of the day. The escalator had other plans.
Would hate to be this guy.
What should have taken 45 min’s to shoot, ended up taking all day and actually bumping the whole Teenie-Bopper scene. The escalator just refused to work. It took three hours before it started to run, and then died again, midshoot. While the guy was working on it, they shot a few other short scenes.
Shooting a quickie while waiting for the escalator.
One quick scene invovled yours truely, and some other guy in the bathroom w/ Joaquin. (get yoru mind out of the gutter!) I walk up and wash my hands just as Johnny finishes up poppin’ some pills. However, I almost didn’t get to wash my hands, because they originally wanted me and another guy to just walk out. We joked that now we’d be “those guys” who don’t wash. After two takes, Joaquin looked at me and said “Shouldn’t one of you wash?” and I replied “Thats what I’m saying!” So he discussed it w/ the director and I was allowed to wash before exiting. If the scene doesn’t get cut, you should see my mug rather clearly.
Long story short, the escalator finally decided to work, we got the airport shot, ditched the “Teenie-Bopper” shot, and went home. Poor Robert sat around all day doing absolutely nothing, meanwhile, I got lucky.
Johnny gettin’ busted in El Paso
Oh, two side notes: The girl in the trailer talking about “Mean Girls” was Ginnifer Goodwin. And after today, me and the “Asswrench AD” are now on a first name basis. He’s ok after all. His name is Paul.