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    Never in my wildest dreams did I think my passion for riding would ever turn into some $. I got recommended by a friend to a local filming crew to ride a bike in a scene. Apparently, they needed an old guy for this WWII docu-drama to air in 2014 on PBS. "Madeleine: The Noor Inayat Khan Story. They dressed me up as a English guy and did about 100 takes of me riding an old UK bike down a country road towards the lead actress on her bike. Who knows I may end up with 11 secs in the film. AND I got paid to do this! How cool is that?
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    How cool is that? That is AWESOMELY cool. Could be the start of a niche career in the film industry -- ya never know!

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    Wow, that is very cool.
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    Great! Then you would be the guy that rides bikes in movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    How cool is that? That is AWESOMELY cool. Could be the start of a niche career in the film industry -- ya never know!
    Seconded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    Seconded.
    someone years ago asked if they could use my jeep in a movie and i said nah, i'm busy, which i was. what could have been.
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    Nice!!

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    that's awesome! also the subject of the documentary is pretty cool too:

    Noor Inayat Khan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    she was a britisher of indian muslim origin that parachuted behind enemy lines during WW2 in support of the french resistance. iirc, she was executed by the gestapo after being captured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    someone years ago asked if they could use my jeep in a movie and i said nah, i'm busy, which i was. what could have been.
    Vehicles in movies usually get crashed and/or blown up. Probably for the best.

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    Seems like a cool experience, Sarguy. See you in the movies!

    Looks like a worthy documentary
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    Thanks for the responses. Not to over do it, but I got this picture from the wardrobe lady that set me up for the scene. Cameras were a big no-no on the set, but she managed a couple on her iPhone. For ever grateful that she captured my 15 minutes!
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    Do you mind telling us what you got paid? Was it all up front, or did you get paid for each take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Do you mind telling us what you got paid? Was it all up front, or did you get paid for each take?
    I was part of a cast call for non-union extras. Ten of us were notified for a one-day use. The other nine were girls and guys ages 22-27? They were dressed up as training recruits, British style uniforms and did scenes of physical fitness and firearm training. My scene took about an hour to film equaling seconds if used. I lost count on how many times (number of takes) that I rode the bike up a slight hill towards the lady playing Noor. I stuck around when they finished with me to watch other scenes. I found it fascinating and also wanted to avoid early afternoon traffic out of Baltimore back home to Virginia. I was paid in cash (handed an envelope). It wasn't much. Won't tell you how much as to not upset any Union types... But I earned enough to pay for my Fox Float rear shock rebuild (leaking fluid that required it be sent back to Fox).
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    Where were they filming in B'more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Where were they filming in B'more?
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    Cool, I used to live across the JFX in Roland Park and went up to the arboretum quite a bit to walk around the grounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarguy View Post
    Apparently, they needed an old guy for this WWII docu-drama to air in 2014 on PBS. "Madeleine: The Noor Inayat Khan Story. They dressed me up as a English guy and did about 100 takes of me riding an old UK bike down a country road towards the lead actress on her bike.
    100 takes? Did you keep missing the log crossings and manuals on that old bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hn View Post
    100 takes? Did you keep missing the log crossings and manuals on that old bike?
    Ha! I thought for sure the "Helmet police" were going to bash me on the forum. OK, maybe not a 100 takes, but at 92 degrees / rain nearby, it felt like 100 times.
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