Wednesday, March 21, 2007

It pays to say ...

Dave Shaffer got much more than he bargained for when he agreed to work on “Premonition.”

The real-life nurse was hired to play an extra when the thriller filmed a scene at a closed hospital facility in Bossier City.

The easy gig didn't last long. When Shaffer’s real job became on-set knowledge, the extras casting director stepped in to promote him.

“You want to play a nurse?” the casting director asked.

“Am I being typecast?” Shaffer joked. “I was just supposed to be background decoration.”

He became something more. When Bullock rushed in to check on her daughter, Shaffer delivered his pricy line: “Are you the parent?”

With just four words, his pay jumped from $75 to more than $900.

More than $200 per word?! When I worked as a freelance writer, $200 meant seven stories!

I’m in the wrong business.

Shaffer now works as a post-op nurse in Bossier City.

P.S. Here's a little behind-the-scenes movie trivia from Dave: "Little known fact. When Sandra gets the injection on screen, it is not Hollywood Magic. She really gets a tetanus shot."

1 comment:

Kathryn Usher said...

Surely there are more of these kind of stories floating around... I'm glad, Alexandyr, you're here to document them.