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A Premiere Far From Hollywood

A Premiere Far From Hollywood

This New York Times article by Michael Cieply about regional film extras reminds me of the opening weekend of the 2004 version of The Alamo here in Austin. I went to see the (rather disappointing) film with a few friends at the Gateway multiplex only to find a few stretch limos pulling up to the curb. There was no red carpet and no fanfare, but there were tuxedos. It was just what a bunch of local extras, who had been cast in the film as some of the hundreds of soldiers, decided to do for the film’s hometown opening. I guess if they aren’t gonna bring you to the premiere, you bring the premiere to yourself.

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