(Which you all know what I'm talking about, really.)
Now, I was signed on for two days of extra-work, but here's why I decided not to do it today. Sign-in for all extras was at 6:30 AM. I got to the location at LaSalle by 5:45 AM. Yes, kind of early, but I left early to give myself some leeway so I could find the place without being late, and in case the roads were still shitty after all that rain we got because this IS NW Indiana/Chicagoland. Delays are almost always expected. I got up at 2 AM just to get ready. I left around 4 AM. And really, the drive to Chicago wasn't bad. I've never drove by myself to Chicago before, and I had to get to South Wells for parking, so that also meant driving in downtown Chicago. So really, this was a big milestone for me. I'm proud of myself, and I do feel more comfortable about driving in downtown Chicago after yesterday.
Like I said, sign-in for all extras was at 6:30 AM. However, we didn't start shooting till maybe 8:30 AM. They gave us all a continental breakfast. And there were a LOT of extras for this scene. ( Read more... )
But we ended up being shorted. There were a bunch of volunteers from the Red Cross that were donating their time and money from being paid to be in this scene, but they had been called to help out with a lot of victims from all the storm damage/flooding that's happened in the last week. So this scene was short at least 300 extras. I had gotten an email the night before saying that if we knew anyone who'd be free to help out this scene to just bring them with, granted they were over 18 and had valid ID. I wanted to bring Hunter with, but he's won't be 18 until November.
There was a LOT of standing around. And I was an idiot and wore the wrong kind of shoes to be standing around in. (Not cool, Holly.) Not cool at all. But I looked good. I was wearing my black pinstriped blazer and skirt with my black peacoat from Old Navy. And I thought we would all be overheated...really, the weather was NOT BAD. It didn't rain, and it was a little breezy, mid-70s. We lucked out.
And yeah, I signed a confidentiality agreement...but I'm a lowly extra, and I got paid nothing (my money was donated to the charity of my choice, so I donated it to the Children's Miracle Network...because I had that lung surgery when I was four at Children's Memorial, and if I ever donate money to an organization, it's either to the Children's Miracle Network, or to the Ronald McDonald House foundation). So here's what the scene was! ( Read more... )
Of course, Harvey Dent was in this scene since he's the new district attorney. Maggie Gyllenhaal was in this scene, since she's playing Rachel Dawes now (since Katie Holmes got too big for her britches and didn't want to come back for the sequel to Batman Begins
...more about my bitching about Katie Holmes later). And Gary Oldman was in this scene as well since he's playing Commissioner Gordon.
NO CHRISTIAN BALE.
I was sooooo
Then I heard he was in the scene the previous day with the Bat-Rocket (or something to that effect) that I wasn't around to be an extra in. So if he's in today's scene, I'll be pissed that I passed on going today. I guess I'll never know.
But Aaron Eckhart was in yesterday's scene. He's hot. He's hot in that manly-mannish way, with that cleft in his chin that sort of reminds me of Kirk Douglas. And I have a suspicion he colors his hair, since it looks about the same shade as mine. I'm not sure. But who cares? Ah, the things I'd do to Aaron Eckhart if I could...And
...Excuse me, I need to use the bathroom. *hee hee*
At one point during a fifteen-minute break we had, I got up to stretch my legs. This one woman I was standing next to smiled and said "Hi." I smiled and said "Hi" back. She then left.
Took me about five seconds to realize that was Maggie Gyllenhaal.
*hee hee* I almost didn't recognize her. She's preeeeety, though. And she doesn't really stick out that much; she almost just blended in with the crowd. And I really liked the trench coat she was wearing in this scene. Almost looks like a dress instead of a trench coat.( Read more... )
Around 12:30, we broke for lunch. Everyone got their choice of a deli sandwich-bagged lunch that came with a surprise choice of chips (so there were a bunch of people swapping their chips, like you did in grade school when your mom made you egg salad and your friend got peanut butter and jelly in their lunch), a cookie, an apple and a little thing of pasta salad. There were plenty of Gatorades and bottled waters on set (and circulated during breaks, since we WERE wearing dark colors and layers; they didn't want the extras to get dehydrated).
Around 2 PM, we were set up for the next part of the scene. ( Read more... )
YES. Heath Ledger was in this scene. ( Read more... )
There was speculation amongst us as to "How did the Joker get disfigured in the first place?" All of us Batman junkies know that Jack Napier fell into a vat of chemicals. Did it turn his skin color, or did it just disfigure his face? If you watched Tim Burton's version, it shows that there was nerve damage from the chemicals that made his facial muscles do that eerie smile, and it DID discolor his skin. But that was Tim Burton's version. Tim Burton's version also turned the Joker into the one who killed Bruce Wayne's parents. But that's Tim Burton, and that's what he did for the sake of telling a good story.
My spec? Since I don't know much (this was one scene
, after all...) and since it looked like a half-assed makeup job on Heath Ledger yesterday...I'm guessing this movie may
be about the evolution of how Jack Napier turned into the full-fledged Joker. We'll never know until we see the final product.
All I'm saying is Batman Returns
surprised me and kicked major ass (especially how they pulled off Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow). I'm having high hopes for
The Dark Knight
...oops, Rory's First Kiss.
Okay...the reason why I backed out of doing it all again today? When I MapQuested directions for returning home, they came up with taking the Dan Ryan. The problem is, the Dan Ryan's closed for construction, and I didn't realize this until it was too late. So I ended up getting detoured left and right and getting myself thoroughly confused. I ended up taking Lake Shore drive, and I finally got fed up and got off LSD near the Museum of Science and Industry, and I found a BP gas station on Jeffrey. I buckled down and asked inside for directions on how to get to Wells at the very least so I could backtrack and get back on the Eisenhower to get home to Indiana. One of the guys inside told me, "Actually, just keep going down Jeffrey until you see the exit for the I-90 Skyway to Indiana. You're on the right track. I just got back from there."
So really, I lucked out. But I ended up getting home later than anticipated. (Around 9:30 PM.) And I didn't want to just go to bed and get up four hours later just to get ready again for another day of standing around and hurting my legs and feet again. (And for my money to be donated to charity again, because I could really use the gas money.) This is why I just decided to stay home today. I'm probably missing out on the hot sexiness that is Christian Bale...but it's not worth it.
He's married, anyway.
But I feel more apt to just take a random drive to Chicago and just bum around in town. I've fallen in love with the city.
Anyhoo...my little rant about Katie Holmes. I don't understand why she didn't want to do the sequel. I'm glad the role of Rachel Dawes got recast anyway, since I don't think Katie is all that great of an actress anyway. (That was my only gripe about Batman Begins
--Katie Holmes can't act. Could've gotten someone better for the part.) But if she just didn't want to do the movie because she was focusing on being a mother (since she was "pregnant" when she opted out of it), that was the lamest excuse ever. I mean, Maggie Gyllenhaal just had her
baby a few months ago (well, it feels like it wasn't too long ago when she had her baby), and she looked VERY good yesterday. I saw no
baby weight on her. (Then again, she was wearing black; this was a memorial scene after all.)
So Maggie Gyllenhaal rocks, and Katie Holmes sucks.