That Time I Died…

Hello and welcome to We’re Not Rolling. If you’re new here your visit comes complete with a posts some good, some great, some bad (I’m sure), some sad but the one constant I try to maintain is to keep you (The Reader) laughing. I think it’s a crazy business (Film Industry) and needed a place to share the madness and so this blog was born. Those of you that are reoccurring visitors here, thanks for coming back! How was everyone’s weekend? Loud and Crazy or Quiet and Peaceful? I’m a fan of both and try to get a healthy dose of each every weekend. Although I must say there hasn’t been much crazy lately. I can’t control the ‘loud’ part, I’m always loud, I’m Cuban. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

As you know is the routine here I always try to come up with a funny, witty title. You know sort of like the news does ALTHOUGH I really feel they should not. I don’t think news outlets or newspapers should try to come up with clever titles when the matter is serious because I think it fucks with some people. Whatever, I’m not going to get into that here point is I have never died in real life but I did play a dead guy on camera and that’s the story I’m here to share. I might have shared some stories from my time on the show ‘The Bridge’ for FX on here but honestly I don’t remember. This was the only show that I was there from the pilot till Season 2 when they got cancelled. Not only that but I was also 1 of 4 crew member wise (Not including above the line folks) that made it from the pilot to the actual crew on Season 1 so that was pretty cool too. I know that may sound strange to people out there that might not work in this world. One would think that the crew that works on the pilot would automatically work on the show as well but most the time this is not the case because the time in between when the Pilot is filmed in relation to the beginning of Season 1 at times is months even years in between and people who worked on the pilot can’t just hang around waiting. The reason I bring this up is because I think it’s the reason I was considered to be the dead guy.

I built a really good relationship with the Producers and Creators on this show after being together so long and I actually popped up on the show 2 other times as well. Definitely didn’t get as much Camera time as my car, that sucker was in that show a bunch of times. Hahaha! I’m not an Actor and if it was anything where I was going to have to speak I probably would’ve passed but I was all game when they asked me if I wanted to play a dead person. The scene took place in an underground cave in Mexico in a hidden chamber sort of place. We weren’t in Mexico obviously, this was all built on a sound stage. In the scene one of the lead actors sneaks in and discovers 3 bodies at a table that seem to have been involved in either a poker game gone wrong or some type of Russian Roulette. I was playing Body 1!

As you can see from the pictures, I was laid out on the table, brain spattered everywhere with a golden gun still in my hand. The actor would come in and take the gun out of my hand and continue on his way.

This was so fucking cool to do. I loved every fucking minute of it. I’ve always been a fan of FX makeup and it was awesome to see them apply all that stuff on me. I loved it so much that I actually kept it on for most the day and went around every where playing dead as you can tell from the second set of photos. I contemplated going home like that and playing dead in my living room when my roommate came home but I thought I might give her a heart attack so I decided against it. I’m still torn about that decision just because it also would’ve been very, very funny and you know damn well I would’ve recorded it. Hahaha!

The question I get all the time is if I was nervous and I can honestly say I really wasn’t…I mean I was playing dead on a table. Who hasn’t played dead before? I will however say that I was worried about breathing too much. I think if I was nervous I probably would’ve shook or something. I know the first time we did it I was definitely breathing too much because I had no reference to the timing of when the camera would land on me so I fucked it up. After the first take I knew exactly what the actors actions and the cameras were so I was able to time my slow breathing when the camera was on me. Damn! Now in hindsight, I’m so happy I wrote this story because it just reminded me about how much fun that was. As I said before I’m not an actor and never dreamt of being one but you can’t help but geek out a little when you see yourself on television. I’ve been put in a couple of scenes on a couple shows while I’ve been working in the business but this was by far the most personal. I mean as you can tell from the pictures the camera got right in my face and that was the shot they used. A lot of times you do these little cameos and they get scrapped in the editing room but this one made it in and I will forever be thankful for the memory.

Thanks for popping by and reading another post here at We’re Not Rolling ladies and gents. I appreciate all of you! Please make sure to Subscribe and if you have any Stories, Rants, Tips or anything Film Industry related that you would like to share on here please let me know in the comments or email me directly. Have a great week and I’ll be back to ramble again on Friday.

-PEACE

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