I came back from my days off & saw a note on the podium calling for extras for this movie starring Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone. I was already 2 days behind the announcement but I went down to the casting office anyway. They signed me up. I was in 3 or 4 scenes. The first scene was where DeNiro first lays eyes on "Ginger" (Sharon Stone) at the craps table. She is caught stealing from a player, and throws a tray of cheques up in the air. I was standing right behind DeNiro, like a potted plant, holding my fake drink. We did about 25 takes so I stood that close to him for about 11 hours. I had someone give me one of the chips on the floor. Took it home, glued a magnet on it. It's on my fridge.
A photo of a sample pay stub is in the Gallery section. We extras got paid $50 for a day, which could last 12-14 hours. If you said one word, you got paid SAG scale, which was hundreds of $ per day. After this gig and "Showgirls", they called me to do pool scenes and episodes for some TV show I didn't like ("Super Dave"). Rather than saying "No" too often to the casting agency, I just removed my name from the roster. I mean, once you've done DeNiro, it's all pretty much down hill from there. heh, heh
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