Saturday, 6 May 2017

Extra


"There is only so much fake dancing you can do"  

Joyce, Alex, Jane, Chrissie and Tracey (Peter and Andre made a very quick exit)

I'm happy to do almost anything to get a good blog post but this was very much out of character. I'm probably the last person to get up on the dance floor so dancing to order, to no music, on a balcony in a night club in the middle of the afternoon was way beyond the call of duty.  There have been many calls on Facebook for extras to take part in 'Holiday,' a Danish-Dutch produced film being made in Bodrum.  I approached the film's fixer to arrange an interview with the director but despite a couple of emails, this didn't come off.  My friend Jane Ecer had already taken part in an airport scene and I persuaded her to come back to Bodrum to join in with another scene. We were originally scheduled to be at a hotel in Gumbet so I had envisioned sitting beside a pool sipping a cold beer.  On the evening before the shoot, an email arrived asking us to wear sparkly clothes, high heels and carry small bags and to meet at the Bianca Marina Club in Bodrum.  I searched through my wardrobe wondering if some remnant of my 1980's disco days lurked in a dark corner. If I had found one, the extra 14 pounds  I now carry around would have made trying it on too dispiriting for words.  I did find some heals, and I still have the plasters on my toes to prove that I wore them for a couple of hours.  



The film team were new in town, so they had no idea that the club had only just changed its name to 'Bianca' so finding the place was the first hurdle for some.  Luckily my constant dog walking had taken me past the place and I'd noted the new sign being put up outside. It is a venue that changes owners and identity so frequently, very few locals would be able to tell you its current name.  It's now looking very good so I hope 'Bianca' is around for longer.
Our call came after an hour waiting outside in the sun, so we were happy to slip into the blacked out club and practice our moves on the balcony.
The quote above comes from Alex. Ever cheerful, even he, after 10 takes and a round of cocktails that were just coloured water, was losing his joie de vivre.









14 comments:

  1. Well, you made our night, guys :) and I am still available for an interview if you want ;)

    /Isabella

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    1. I suspect you have already left. If you could send your email address to backtobodrum@gmail.com, we could do it by email

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  2. Oh wow, not usre I would have bene able to pull that one off. Hope you manage to get a copy of the filom when it comes out so you can view the fruits of your hard dancing work. :)

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    1. I felt as it I had done wine of your runs - in heels.

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  3. What troopers we were ... I have to say that film production is a lot more complicated than it may seem and my estimation of those who earn their living by acting has gone up considerably ... but it was great fun and I'm glad I had the experience of being an 'extra' ... fake dancing and all ...

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  4. Great story - it made me laugh! First stop Bodrum, next stop Hollywood.

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  5. B to B, One time, Mark was hired for one of these gigs and I discovered that being an actor or model is one of the most boring jobs in the world. Just colored water? Poor Alex. Well, that would have done it for us. At the same time, I'd looove to see the finished result, so please tell us when 'Holiday' comes out!

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    1. I will and we should have our own premier in Bodrum

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  6. Jeez, Annie! Isn't being a famous blogstar enough for your ego! ;-)

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    1. Seems not - my sights are set on the stars. Per adua ad astra

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    1. I like that - I'll try to live up to it.

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