This week's League topic is two words "Kurt Russell"... nothing more.
Kurt Russell and Brian Presley in a scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films
Kurt Russell is one of my favorite actors, appearing in a great number of some of my favorite films largely based on the characters he plays so well. How fantastic and/or interesting would it be to be on a film set with him? I have an answer to that. In the summer of 2010 I found out in a nearby town in Michigan that a film company was shooting a film called "Touchback" starring Kurt Russell. It's a sports film and the production was doing an all-night shooting at a high school football stadium for portions of the film that had a football game being played. Kurt's role is that of a coach. There was a call for extras to show up to fill the stands and be the crowd for the home and opposing team's fans. I had to go there with the possibility of seeing Kurt Russell in action, if even from 500 ft away.
For a few hours Kurt didn't show up, but then when his scenes were ready to be filmed he came out onto the field and the crowd erupted in applause and cheering. He looked up to everyone and was waving. When there was down time and he wasn't on the sidelines acting he came up to the stands and talked with fans and that was all pretty cool. So in the end I'm in the film somewhere in the sea of extras in the stands. I've yet to see the movie and really try to pinpoint where I am, but knowing that I was there and I can say "I was in a film starring Kurt Russell" is fantastic. It was a fun experience getting to to see the film being made and being able to take part in it. Plus I got $75 so that was sort of nice too. I wish I would have had my phone with me to snap a couple of pictures, but alas I didn't have one then.
Here is a local news story about the night shooting that I was at.