Their parts were comprised of sitting in chairs parked against the wall at the Tyler American Legion.
“We do pretend talking and pointing a little,” Lund said.
No makeup was required for their roles.
“They figured we were handsome enough – we didn’t need any,” Lund said.
Lund figures he’ll soon be vying for parts that would otherwise go to Robert Redford. Not that Lund is a complete novice – he performed in a school play in the 1940s after all.
Yes, Furan said, this is their first time appearing in a movie.
“They don’t come to Tyler too often,” he said.
The film is about a Minnesota farmer, played by Barry Corbin, an actor notable for the “Northern Exposure” TV series and from the movie,”WarGames,” and his granddaughter, Ashley, played by Mackinlee Waddell, who was in the series, “Good Christian Belles.” The two venture to California in a Winnebago to attend a World War II veterans reunion. The reunion takes place at an American Legion which was filmed at the A. C. Hansen Post 185 in Tyler. Tyler native Kathy Swanson and her husband, Vince O’Connell, now of Vermont, are filming their movie this month in Marshall, Lake Benton and Tyler.
Lund and Furan said they were able to rearrange their schedules to fit the filming in. All joking aside, the pair found the behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made fascinating, as did Frank Jorgensen and Sandy Hanson, both of Tyler. Jorgensen and Hanson also were holding down seats next to a wall. For a while, Jorgensen got to get up and get drinks for himself and Hanson during filming, but that was eliminated probably since the buffet table was getting too crowded for the actors.
Jorgensen said even though he is sitting in a seat for most of the day, it’s been “very interesting” to watch how a movie is created.
Hanson said she hadn’t know how many times the same scene has to be filmed to get all the camera angles.
Jorgensen has known Swanson, the film’s writer and director, since she was a young girl. Hanson said her neighbor is Swanson’s brother. Hanson’s farmhouse was filmed for an outside shot.
Teresa Schreurs of Tyler spent the day Friday at the Legion waiting for her cue to step out on the dance floor and serve drinks to reunion attendees. After her character, Marlene, delivers the drinks, one of the Legionnaires asks her to dance. The two-piece old-time band plays a few bars of music so the dancers can get the beat. Schreurs and her partner on the dance floor, George Ruhmann of Tyler, another couple and a lone dancer must keep dancing in silence until they hear the “cut” signal.
Ruhmann said he hasn’t danced in years, and “hasn’t fast-danced ever.”
Schreurs was familiar with jitterbugging, so she came up with a few steps for her and Ruhmann to repeat for the camera.
Schreurs didn’t wake up that morning thinking she was going to be in a movie. She had seen a Facebook post announcing a casting call for background players who are older than 60. She doesn’t fall into that age category, but since she has acted in Lake Benton Opera House productions, she replied to the post saying she would like to help out or just watch. Friday morning she was asked to come in and play a waitress at the American Legion. When she is not delivering drinks and dancing, Schreurs has been watching the crew.
“This is exciting,” Schreurs said. “It’s so fun to see how this all goes together.”
Schreurs said the assistant directors are doing a good job giving direction to people who have no experience in acting in movies.
“The entire crew having been nothing but polite and extremely accommodating to us,” she said.