Tuesday May 23, 2006
Shoot; Day One
On the Rob Schneider comedy
(which he also directed), I play a member of a jury.
At the time not yet listed in the case was recognizable
as the judge; also veteran actress
playing the jury foreperson.
Rob and (I'd presume) the DP kept informing me as to when I was in frame (I was next to Sally Kirkland).
Apparently Rob wanted some very much Over The Top reactions rather than realistic, so I went into Children's Theatre mode.
Later in the day Rob Schneider passed me and, pointing, said matter-of-factly, "Y'r doin' a good job."
The previous August at the SAG Labour Day Picnic, I'd met actor
it's easy enough (for me) to start a conversation with someone wearing a
Celtic-Knot Cthulhu t-shirt.
It turned out
(along with his fiance)
Lance got booked on the same gig.
His fiance was a spectator, he played the court clerk.
The jury stuff was filmed in the morning and then another shot or two after lunch.
Sally Kirkland was very friendly with those of us close to her in the jury, and with me right next to her, she had no problem indicating in earlier times she did some rather Steamy Stuff, including but not limited to a very hot sex/love scene with Kevin Costner.
She and I got to react to Rob Schneider's lines (and I was already instructed for More), she and I played our silent reactions as very animated with each other.
After sitting around in holding for a few hours, the jurors were wrapped "rather suddenly" wrapped at 4:30, giving us a bit of OT, but I'd made the error of not earlier asking Sally if she'd be open to a photo being taken of us.
Lance later related to me the rest were all wrapped three hours later.
Then he told me there was considerable talk of More Filming on Saturday.
I'd heard nothing about it, and I suspected it would more of the courtroom spectators.
I was convinced that we the jury were done.
There are two courtroom scenes, only one in which out jury is present.
Considering the film starts with Stan as a con man, I wondered if it was a coincidence
(and my Evil MSTie Mind),
that had me notice that Big Stan acronyms to BS...?
(It's not a spoiler if it's the film's premise, strongly revealed in
the film's trailer.)
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Recalld for a Day Two
I was indeed recalled for a second day, as a passer-by within the courthouse and without.
Using the interior and exterior of the Los Angeles courthouse downtown, essentially I was sent hither thither and yon, as Rob and his entourage arrive at the courthouse.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I attended a very-early preview screening for Big Stan.
Now I expected the film to be amusing to quite funny.
Gratefully, Big Stan is very very funny.
My concern was that, with its then-scheduled American April 2008 release, and this being one o'those
What Did You Think Of It? focus-group kind of deals, my worry was that this film, which worked so perfectly that I wasn't able to predict how the antagonist could be brought down, as well as one thing I would have suspected/predicted didn't happen, which gladdened me as it would have been horrifically trite and cliche had they gone with it.
As predicted, I am Quite Visible next to Sally Kirkland in the jury box.
If this film remains unchanged, it will be well worth being seen, for those who like comedy, action, and Rob Schneider in probably one of his best roles ever, considering how well he underplays: he actually is acting [g], and believably so (even when there is broad comedy going on).
I'm not saying he's "caught acting;" his character of Stan is believable, layered, and redeemably likeable.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
[American] release date arriving... and going
According to its IMDB entry, Big Stan was to be released Friday, April 25th.
I had begun to suspect that that information was incorrect, considering my having seen no evidence to the effect (such as print ads, billboards, TV spots and/or any other such promotional material that would normally be everywhere for an upcoming Rob Schneider film).
At least I
able to see the film the previous September as a preview screening, and found it one of the best films Rob Schneider has so far done, particularly as it's his directorial debut.
In the Big Stan trailer, if one pauses it at :26 seconds, the instant Sally Kirkland as the jury foreman says the word "Guilty," you can see me sitting there next to her (obviously in the film I have more screen time; even a few instants before the verdict, you can see me beyond Rob Schnieder as he blows a kiss to his girlfriend).
Friday January 01, 2009
Direct to DVD
will be released on DVD the 24th of March