We all know someone who's been an extra in a movie, or whose college roommate's cousin played a delivery boy in a sitcom, or who has frequented a restaurant/gas station/city featured in a film. Those people are sometimes pretty obnoxious. Well, here's your chance to be just like them.
Any Given Sunday, an Oliver Stone film, will be shot partly in the Dallas area, and the producers need a good mob. (Actually, the press release says "crowd." Whatever.) The movie, it seems, is about football--specifically, the "life-and-death struggles" of the "modern-day gladiators" who play the game. So, of course, some fans are needed. "Dallas Knights" fans. If you go, wear your red and gold.
There are lots of reasons why this could be an interesting experience. Starring in the movie are Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Ann-Margret, James Woods, Matthew Modine, Jim Brown, Bill Bellamy, Lawrence Taylor, LL Cool J, Lauren Holly, and Lela Rochon. And then there's Stone himself. Which raises a question: Will all the conspiracy kooks out there converge on Texas Stadium to try to give the director of JFK and Nixon their own loony theories on supposed plots to oust President Clinton or the truth behind the Garfield assassination? Will the area around the grassy knoll, usually choked with pamphleteers and conspiracy peddlers, be emptied in the theorists' hopes of getting a big name to publicize their wacky ideas?
So you can go to gawk at stars, to get a look at Stone and see how a movie is made, or to do some good people-watching in the diverse crowd this event likely will draw. There's also the free food and the entertainment and the possibility of winning prizes. But the best reason to go to the filming is the strange, stupid thrill we get when we see something in a movie that we've actually seen in person--not to mention the fact that you may actually be able to pick yourself out of the crowd when the film is released. ("Hey, there I am! Look! In the hat!") And remember, if you do spot yourself, it's all right to drag everyone you know to the theater, and it's OK to brag. Just don't expect anyone to be impressed.
--Larra Ann Robertson
Stadium scenes from Any Given Sunday will be filmed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Freeway in Irving. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. Call (972) 438-1752.