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Setting up a 'greenscreen' at work got me thinking about the films and tv that I've accidentally been in.

Helena Bonham-Carter vehicle "The Heart of Me" was filmed in our old office, and features several of us peering through the curtains whilst they filmed in the square outside. Similarly, my girlfriend was in an episode of the Professionals that was filmed outside her house.

What have you been in the background of?

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:34)
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Cold Feet
were bastards for filming around our All Saints campus at Manchester Met. Our Art and Design Admin building was used as the registrars office for Adam and Rachel's wedding and then the patch of grass where they were taking photos to be an old graveyard.

They also used a little stretch of the road as where they'd alledged parked while shopping in town. If we'd parked there would give us a bollocking not to mention a stiff fine.

Oh, but I wasn't in any of it. Ever.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:55, Reply)
My Nan
used to live around the corner from where they filmed Boon.

I was on our local news when one of our dinner ladies "invented" some sort of sausage concoction which won her the title of "best dinner lady". I was told to say that it was "One of the best things on the menu here", no regards to my Vegetarianisim at the time!

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:54, Reply)
Eight Men Out
if anyone remembers that film...some scenes were being filmed at a minor league baseball field a couple hours south of me, I was unemployed at the time and signed up to go down and be part of the crowd filling the stands.

For my trouble, I got eight dollars and I think I am visible in one scene as a black blur going up steps with a gray blur next to me. That was Tim. Nice redheaded guy who kept cracking up while filming. I finally elbowed him in the ribs and that got him settled down.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:51, Reply)
The League of Gentleman
is being filmed this very second in the town next door where my school is (but im ill) hadfield. better get down there and wander around unsuspiciously

Oh yeah and i had some back of the head action when i played in the commonwealth games closing ceremony
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:45, Reply)
My cousin, his bird and Me...
ended up on the south east news - We were with a whole bunch of other people protesting (in true NIMBY style) about a Paedophile Rehab centre that was being built near where we lived - "NO TO THE PAEDOPHILES" we cried.

Also ended up in the crowd at the Big brother 5 eviction night when Stuart was kicked out. Spotted me spiky haired fizzog a couple of times. Proud.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:42, Reply)
I went to school in Nuneaton, near Coventry. One day they started filming a movie called 'Angels and Insects' in the area and came to our school to look for twats to be in it. My mate Brett Harris actually got a speaking part.. He was Patsy Kensit's boy servant. In the film, her character was an albino that spent most of the time laying naked in bed. He reliably informed me that sometimes, between shooting, he got to sit and gaze at her newly peroxide soaked chumph for hours on end.

In another scene he rode a horse.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:34, Reply)
homo's and gays
my dog has been in an episode of home and away, part of a pack of dogs running on the beach. many years ago now and the poor bugger died earlier this year...sob...
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:33, Reply)
I was on one week in teh crowd. Madness and 'Sky' were on that week. My dad spent most of the show standing in the wings talking to Suggs and put him up to dumping a bucket full of froth on Sally James who he had noticed was trying desperately to keep her hair clean. She was fucking furious and had a genuine strop.

My Granddad was in 'Live And Let Die'. He's sat in the foyer when Bond checks in to the hotel. Everyone was told not to look at the camera so he's easily spotted as the one staring straight at the fucker.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:32, Reply)
Things I have learned as an Extra
- Robson Green is, regrettably, a damned nice bloke. Really, no-one wanted to hate him more than me. And the inconsiderate BASTARD behaved like a polite and pleasantly self-depreciating man all weekend.

- Amanda Donohoe is completely fucking minging, possessed as she is of a face that looks like it's been soaked overnight in vinegar.

- The smaller a person's speaking role in Byker Grove is, the more self-important airs and graces they give themselves.

- The skinny hispanic looking bint that crosses the street in the Toyota ad (the one where the chap is supposedly on a test drive) will do anything to further her career. Anything.

- Richard York doesn't actually act. He plays Richard York. In every film. I often wonder if he realises he's appearing in films, or whether he thinks he's always getting himself into mad scrapes and just goes along with it.

- People involved in filming adverts frequently seem to misunderstand the nature of their work. Apparently, someone tells them that they're working on The Greatest Piece of Televisual Art in History. And not a piss poor attempt to sell more cars, the cunts.

- It is IMPOSSIBLE not to misbehave on the set of any adverts being financed by the Saatchis.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:31, Reply)
My Dad was on Coundown.
I was in the audience and my right shoulder was clearly visible during the opening sequence.

That's all.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:30, Reply)
My Nan
Was quite the looker in her day and worked as a secretary to a production company. Whenever actresses let them down or they couldnt make it, or decided to do some last minute work or want someone for free etc they would get her in. She's had pictures in national magazines and been in countless films! One such film i love her to tell me about was her walking in the park and losing her hat, and a kindly gentlement chasing her around town to try and give it back to her. Aw!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:29, Reply)
The Movie 'Short Circuit'
is loosely based on my life.

Only it wasn't a robot that came to life when it was struck by lightning, it was an uncle who died.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:29, Reply)
Oh, and another one
There's a Goals and Gaffes Football DVD out with James Naisbitt this Christmas - they came to film it where I work and I ended up being one of the extras in the crowd scenes etc.

Top man he is too!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:28, Reply)
Several episodes of The Bill 'cos they film a lot of it round my way and I used to cycle past the Sunhill Police Station every day on the way to and from work. An episode of Causalty when I was at Uni in Bristol where they film it. This year's Last Night of the Proms, up the front of the crowd in Hyde Park.

Nothing interesting though.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:28, Reply)
Peps hair stared as Axl Rose
When Joel was making his Rathergood Videos TV show, he needed to make a kitten based upon the balding singer with Guns 'n' Roses.

Despite Pep having a full head of hair, Joel used her crowning glory to finish off his cat.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:27, Reply)
Name of the father
Me and about 20 of my mates were in all the courtroom scenes from in the name of the father, when they got put and and when they got released. If you look carefully at both scenes you'll notice that all the peeps in the 70s scenes are in the 90 scenes with diffrent clothes and hasty haircuts!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:23, Reply)
The Official George Best Story
I was an extra on the gorge best story few years back, I had to be one of the Man U supporters at the match (there was only 20 of us to represent the crowd)
They then needed some Spanish supporters for the other side. so they got anyone who looked vaguely Spanish, which included me and put some dye stuff on my hands to make them browner , so I ended up supporting both sides. I was also a director in the box when George lifts the cup.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:19, Reply)
Never been in anything myself, but....
Some friends from Uni lived round the corner from the Dursleys House from the Harry Potter Films.

Also, a good friend of mine is a tree type bloke and was working on the set of the recent King Arthur film, during the outdoor clips if anyone sees a plastic cup on a log, it's his.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:17, Reply)
I work in football...
...for one of the lower league clubs and quite often am milling around pitch side finishing up my jobs for the day and ensuring that all the interviews are going smoothly.

There are usually two or three on the go at any one time and I've been on the local news/Sky Sports a few times now looking lost in the background!

Usually get a text telling me so from my mates - the ones that tell me I'm on the radio doing commentary (like I dont know, seeing as I'm on air at the time!)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:10, Reply)

The Zapruder film, 2nd from left on small grassy hill thingy.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:09, Reply)
Crocodile Dundee
My mum was in the most recent Crocodile Dundee film (Crocodile Dundee in LA I believe). Her role was 'Surprised Woman 1' or something like that. She had to stand next to a woman whose bag was dipped into by a thief and gasp and look shocked, before Dundee comes along and beats seven shades out of him.

Edit: I just remembered another one. Her mate was in Titanic; he's the geezer who comes up to the captain when the ship's sinking and says "Your lifejacket, captain", but the captain turns it down. A massive group of them went to see the film just for that bit and let out an enormous cheer when he showed up. And got some funny looks.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:04, Reply)
Remember the bookie's in Snatch?
The one that Sol and his mate try to rob?

Well, that's the bookie's which i live above.

They've also filmed a couple of episodes of The Bill there. One time, they were doing some filming while i was on holiday. They needed to move my motorbike as it was outside the bookie's, but i was not there to move it for them. So, my motorbike has been on The Bill.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:03, Reply)
my best freind was in romper room!!
he did what he now calls the sexy dance! also his brother was in another episode and while there,the australian flag was knocked over by the camera man! If i get firewire i'll get the tape off him and make a torrent of it.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 12:00, Reply)
about a month ago,
i was watching television when all of a suddend Flashmob the opera was broadcast live from paddington station on bbc3. So, i took the five min walk and went and stood in the background of some wierd bunch of people singing . I called my flat mate asking what was going on and he confirmed that i was in the background, live, blurred and standing next to a group of homosexual football fans, apparently acording to him the theme of the opera was "gays and football" and i had just stared in it, as a lead non speaking role. Im not entirely sure of his honesty.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:59, Reply)
My boyfriend (well ex)
was in the background of the Stella street film. He's a carpenter and they wanted to film in the house he was working on. He put on a tool belt (never wears one) and held his best two chunky tools in his hands (ooh sounds like a porn flick) and looked manly. He got to meet Phil Cornwell and Peter Richardson too.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:51, Reply)
Dennis Weaver as McLeod
Rode up the street on horesback at North Sydney past me while he was chasing a car one lunch time many years ago.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:49, Reply)
When I was 14 my left arm
was in the background of a shopping scene in a film that my father was the cameraman for. Unfortunately it's a Welsh language film, but I did get to see the leading lady get her kit off.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:47, Reply)
Not so much a movie...
I've appeared on Children in Need one year back in the 80's when I was 7. Did a ballet dance whilst singing 'Sing a Rainbow' with the rest of my ballet class!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:44, Reply)
Morse while at university (happened to everybody eventually)
And frantically looking Elizabethan in the background of Shakespeare in Love.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:44, Reply)

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