Now it can be told: I was a background extra in Wonder Woman 1984.
Blink and you'll miss me; I was just a blur scurrying around in the early scene set at the mall. (No spoiler; it's been in most of the promos.)
Some of you may know I dabble in background extra work. Some of you may even have spotted me in a TV show here or there. Recently, I was on-screen in Charm City Kings on HBO Max (about halfway through; I was a driver who waved away a couple of kids with squeegees trying to wash my windshield).
I also worked on several episodes of the final season of House of Cards, which filmed in Maryland in the summer of 2018. I was on-screen in one episode walking out of a church behind the Vice President (twice) and in others, among the reporters in the White House Briefing Room.
One of the days I was there, the guy from the casting agency said to me, "I've got a project coming up, and you'll be great for it. DON'T CUT YOUR HAIR!" Fine by me; I hate getting my hair cut. (I’ve had exactly two this year, one for a TV gig in March just before COVID hit, and one for a wedding in October that didn’t happen because the bride had a stroke. She’s all better now, and she and the groom – my brother – got married almost as soon as she left the hospital. Life’s too short for ceremony.)
Soon after, I signed on for “Magic Hour.” As the production started up, there was lots of local news coverage in Washington that “Magic Hour” was just a code name, and the real project was Wonder Woman 1984. As I was then (and still am) a freelance writer who writes about comics and movies, I felt duty-bound to tell this to the guy at the casting agency, afraid I wouldn’t be eligible.
He asked me if I was going to write an article.
I told him I wasn’t.
“Fine, ’cause they’ll sue ya.”
With this as my blessing to proceed, I signed up.