Our spontaneous trip to see Megan Hilty (read about my Girl Crush) took us to Provincetown and Boston. We strolled Boston as proper tourists and noticed an inflatable movie screen set up in a park. It was late in the afternoon and no movie was playing but people were sitting facing the screen. I assumed early birds wanting to get a good seat.
We wandered over and observed a bit of hubbub. There was a photographer and equipment and cables and canopy tents. We asked a young man what was going on. “We’re filming a movie.”
I then noticed some director chairs set up under one of the tents and quickly perused the names. None I recognized. I assumed an indie low budget film. “Any names we might know?” I asked.
“Amy Schumer,” he replied. “Michelle Williams.”
My eyes scanned the crowd and I lasered in on Amy sitting under a tent getting her makeup applied. As I casually strolled over closer, stepping over cables and wires, she got up and walked out onto the lawn before I could snap a photo.
I followed at a distance across the back of the park. As she plunked herself down on a blanket next to her co-star who I had no idea who he was, I pulled out my phone to click a pic. Before I could, a large security dude appeared and quietly and firmly said, “No photos, ma’am.”
Obliging and oblivious, I nodded and sat down next to a middle-aged couple who were sitting on lawn chairs facing the empty inflatable screen. I simply wanted to watch the movie scene being shot.
The gentleman was quite irritated with me and quickly informed me, “You are not supposed to be here! You are in the shot!”
Seriously?! I’m in an Amy Schumer movie?! Awesome!
The lady showed more patience and kindness. She smiled, “You can go stand back there and watch.”
I took my clueless self to the outskirts of the park, out of the camera shot, and away from the security dude. My photos are of the back of Amy’s head.
My hubby had stayed at the other side of the park, amused by my tromping right through a movie set. He was able to get one bad shot of me, standing by a tree behind our super star.
This movie is called I Feel Pretty and will be out in 2018. We hung around and watched them film the same scene over and over, yet whatever Amy and co-star (I looked it up. He is Rory Scovel.) were saying on the blanket was not heard by anyone, just the microphones and the folks in the tents with the headsets. I watched (from my distance) the small screen in the director’s tent but still could not hear dialogue.
The extras dotting the lawn sat in their chairs and had fake conversations. I could have done that.
But really, movie making is not my thing. It takes a long time. I’m not so patient. They re-apply makeup every few minutes. I don’t wear makeup.
Having to remember lines? I prefer to make it up as I go.
But happening onto a movie set is fun. Especially when I tell my sons I walked onto the set and saw Amy Schumer. That’s just how I roll.