What fan of comic books doesn't hope to someday be cast (at least as an extra) in the film adaptation of their favorite comic book? Well, as Joel Studer told WatchmenComicMovie, he was lucky enough to get onto the set of Watchmen.
Studer writes about the experience in his own words. A snippet of his entry reads:
I read Watchmen a few years ago and ever since have been determined to get everyone I know to read it. I'm a motorcycle builder and mechanic living in Washington, and know very little about the movie industry, but when I heard they were filming a movie version of Watchmen in Vancouver, I knew I had to find a way in.
I started looking on the Internet for Vancouver production offices, and lists of the movies being produced, and managed to figure out who was casting the extras for Watchmen. I figured that being an extra was likely one of the easiest ways to get into the movie, considering I have no acting experience.
I contacted someone in the casting department and pleaded my case to her. I told her I was a huge fan, and just wanted to be able to say I was part of the Watchmen movie - part of Watchmen history. Thank God she heard me. That's not to say it didn't take a while to convince her. I emailed her about once every other week from August through December. Finally, she contacted me on December 7th and offered me a part as an extra in the studio audience of the Dr. Manhattan talk show appearance scene.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of his account, complete with his meeting of director Zak Snyder, and being a part of the on-screen interview with Dr. Manhattan.
Watchmen, based on the award winning graphic novel by Alan Moore, is set in an alternate 1985 America where costumed heroes are a part of the world's history, and the "Doomsday Clock", which measures the tension between the USA and the U.S.S.R. is constantly at five minutes to midnight. Rorschach, a vigilante who refused to retire when his teammates did, is drawn out by the murder of one of his colleagues, and pulled into a world-wide conspiracy with terrifying implications for the future of mankind.
Watchmen stars Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie, Carla Gugino and Matt Frewer. The film opens across America on March 6th, 2009.