When I was in the Movies

A while back I talked about being in love.  But back before I was in love (but not before I had been in love) I was in the movies.

OK.  I was in one movie.

OK, I was an extra.

And the movie wasn’t even all that good.  And I think (though I cannot be sure) that most of the scenes I was in ended up on the cutting room floor.

The movie was Foolin’ Around, featuring Gary Busey, who was a hot property for having appeared in The Buddy Holly Story the year before (for what reason I’ve never known, since Busey:


really didn’t look much more like Buddy Holly:


…than I did.

But he was hot star material at the time, so he was tossed into this movie along with notables such as Cloris Leachman, Tony Randall, and Eddie Albert(!).

It was filmed c. 1979 at the University of Minnesota, and my brother and I got something like $15 a day as extras.  I think we got food as well, but that was about it.  I had spent a lot of time in theater in high school:


(That’s the Thespians, with me at the top left) so I thought I’d give it a shot.  So much for my brush with fame.

While the movie rewrote time and space, I enjoyed watching it (for the first time ever, just now) to see the sights.  Pillsbury Hall; the West Bank, Northrup Auditorium standing like an éminence grise over the East Bank mall.

I don’t really recommend watching it.  But, if you can’t help yourself, here you go:

And may God have mercy on your soul.


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