Extras in films have primarily one purpose: to fill and room and look busy. However there are some extras who do have a line of dialogue or a specific gesture to make. Some of these extras do their job so well that they become one of your most fondest memories of the movie. This is a list of my favorite extra performances in no particular order. (This list will be added to).1. Trainspotting (person on the left)
This extra is known as the “Pub heavy” played by Tom Demar. This extra reacts angrily to Begbie’s commands and appearance, screaming loudly “Who the F**k are you!”. This one line acts as the catalyst for the following bar fight. This is so memorable to me for several reasons; I find it funny that the extra does not tell him to “F**k off” or “get out of the way” no, he demands to know who he is. The way the “pub Heavy” says the line also makes the small performance even more memorable. He says the line with such fury that it actually shows on his face as it is bright red. The sheer venom Tom Demar injects into the line is seen as he spits substantially when saying it. 2. Avengers These are the eyes of a man who is facing certain death, compliments of a infuriated, large ton of green muscle mass propelling towards him. What makes this memorable is we can all honestly say we would react in the same way if we were in his predicament. Credit to the actor the terror he conveys in is eyes is very effective, so much so that it makes it comical.
3. The Shawshank Redemption
This extra appears near the beginning of the movie and speaks his one memorable line. His fellow inmates have been chanting a metaphor to intimidate the new inmates: “Fresh Fish! Fresh Fish!” and this inmate decides to extend the metaphor, “We’re reeling them in!”. This inmate from behind the fence says it directly to Andy Dufresne the film’s protagonist. This line is so successful on two levels. Firstly it is incredibly funny, the fishing gesture associated with it greatly enhances the effect. The line is also very dark, you get the feeling that while he is joking in some sense he is deadly serious at the same time. Incidentally this line and the way it is said is a perfect representation of the film itself, Certain parts and light-hearted and comical, whilst others are somber and chilling.