My Big Screen Movie Debut

A year ago, in December 2010, I was an extra in a movie filmed in Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto and Scotland. The movie, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, is a follow up book to his best seller — Trainspotting. Some of you may have seen the movie or read the book. Ecstasy stars some well known actors including Billy Boyd, Adam Sinclair, Kristen Kreuk, Carlo Rota, and Dean McDermott.

I was in two different scenes that day — one scene, with Dean McDermott, and others was a boardroom scene where Dean and his colleague are pitching an ad campaign for Scotland Against Narcotics. If I had to estimate, it was about a 5 minute scene — very entertaining, and fun to be a part of. I did not speak of course, but myself and several others were part of the board being pitched to. Irvine Welsh was actually a board member as well!

The second scene involved me walking across the background of the scene, stopping to interact with another character (my brother in real life), and then walking off.  The scene was with Kristen Kreuk (Smallville)!

Needless to say, it was quite exciting and a great experience — and about 8-10 hours overall.

Fast forward to February 4, 2012 — the movie was premiering in Sault Ste. Marie, to a sold out crowd. The film has only been viewed at a few select locations to date, but will be premiering in Scotland in April and getting limited release in June. The movie turned out great, although I was in for some disappointment. Unfortunately both of my scenes were cut from the movie 🙁

 As is often the case, many more scenes were filmed than would actually end up in the final version. I was very surprised that the boardroom scene did not make it as it seemed like a major scene, to me anyway. But after seeing the movie, I could see that Dean’s character was downplayed somewhat, and the boardroom scene would not have added a lot to the final cut. The other scene as well was cut, with only a fraction of it being used.

While disappointed, I guess that is the way it works. AND we have been told that the boardroom scene will be in the “deleted scenes” on the DVD!  Better than nothing…looking forward to seeing it sometime next fall when the DVD is released.

Good thing I kept my day job! 🙂

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