My Final Day On George Clooney’s ‘Leatherheads’

Filed under: Celebrity — @ April 7, 2007

The leather helmets worn by the football players in “Leatherheads”

When I stood in line for about three hours trying out to be a football-playing extra in “Leatherheads” in December 2006, I thought to myself, “This is crazy! There’s no way that I’ll ever have the chance to be in a major Hollywood movie starring George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, and John Krasinski!”

Boy, was I wrong!

Although it wasn’t as a football player, I did indeed have that chance to be on the movie set in early March portraying the doorman at the Emerson hotel filmed in downtown Greenville, South Carolina where Clooney’s character delivers a line to me and I give him an incredulous look back. Way cool!

A few weeks later, they asked me to come back to play the role of a fan during the football game scenes filmed in Travelers Rest, South Carolina for the “Leatherheads” movie, a romantic comedy set in the 1920′s around the time professional football was born. Although the pay rate for being an extra is only $7 an hour, just to be on that set with Clooney, Krasinski, etal. was indeed an experience I won’t soon forget.

Everyone was dressed up in 1920′s attire from head to toe

Wearing a big wool coat, scarf, hat, dress pants, shirt and tie, and dress shoes is definitely not the attire of the 21st century, but that’s exactly what the men wore day in and day out back then. So we had to dress the part whether it was 85 degrees outside or 45 degrees. It was like we stepped back in time seeing each other dressed like this and the women were all dolled up with their cute hats and bright makeup. I swear, all the women looked exactly alike! Gorgeous, of course. ;)

Is that George Clooney posing with Jimmy Moore?

As you can imagine, there have been literally hundreds of people working as extras for the “Leatherheads” movie and I was privileged enough to meet quite a few of them. One of the most popular extras has got to be Greg Helker, aka G.C. As in “George Clooney”–yep, that’s him in that picture with me above. What a great guy, too! The man was so gracious and humble to everyone who spoke with him and wanted to have their picture taken with “Clooney” (actually, he looks a little more like late-night talk show host Jay Leno than Clooney in person).

There were all kinds of extras used in the movie, including football players, referees, fans, members of the press, vendors, and cheerleaders. Many of the extras were dressed completely by wardrobe and others of us brought some of our own clothes which were supplemented with items from the movie set. There were special privileges given to the people who were in 100% vintage costume for close-up shots and they took great pains to keep this period film as authentic as possible.

Click here to read more about my fourth and final experience on the set of the George Clooney flick “Leatherheads” and to view all my pictures of Clooney and co-star John Krasinski (from NBC’s The Office) in action.


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