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Day on the Set of Cecil B. Demented
by Jim Hollenbaugh
me tell you about the day my ultimate dream came true. When returning
from class here at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania,
I got an idea. I decided that I would call the almighty Senator
Theater in Baltimore to see if there were any cool premieres occurring
at the theater soon. I had seen the world premiere of John Waters'
Pecker there last year and I knew they had a lot of special events
from time to time.
calling, I listened to a recording and discovered that the theater
would be closed due to the filming of John Waters' new film, Cecil
B. Demented. I almost became faint. I had been trying to find out
how to be an extra for months. I relayed the news to my friend Steve
Fisher here at school and two days later we were heading to the great
mecca of Baltimore to snoop around the set and sneak a peek at whatever
walked around taking pictures and snooping around the vans and trailers
used for actors and crew. Eventually we started hanging out with
the Channel 13 news crew, and soon a woman comes out and says to
the news guy, "We sure could use a couple more extras."
At this point my friend Steve and I volunteered with excitement.
The lady told us to go home and get dressed in attire like we would
wear at a movie premiere.
as our home was about two hours away, this couldn't be done. I quickly
said, "We'll be back in ten minutes." We then proceeded
next door to the Wise Penny Thrift Shop and bought jackets, shirts
and pants. We returned and were escorted into the theater. It was
amazing, seeing all of the crew set up. Lights, cameras, props,
everything! We were seated in the theater where many other extras
were already seated. Soon filming began.
could see John directing from behind a big monitor. He would always
state what he wanted. Seeing the whole process was amazing. We soon
spotted Mink Stole up on stage. She helped a lot with the scenes,
acting out things and telling the audience what to do. We saw Ricki
Lake, Melanie Griffith, Steven Dorff, Alicia Witt and others acting
and listening to directions. We spent the whole day on the set and
were in six seperate parts. This involved us scrambling from the audience
as bombs exploded in the theater as Steven Dorff takes Melanie Griffith
hostage. Other members of Steven's gang storm the theater firing guns
around four o'clock in the evening we enjoyed a complimentary dinner
and we all ate together. Everyone was very generous and treated
equally. We talked with Ricki Lake and Steven Dorff for a while
and they were both very nice, down to earth people. The greatest
part was just watching John direct the actors. He would say hilarious
things like, "look terrified, like you've just seen The Poseidon
Adventure." I also heard him explain to Alicia Witt, "Peek
around the structure like this... just like Edie did with the tree