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Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
Trip End May 31, 2008

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I have added paid movie actor to my resume. How it all went down is beyond me, but I found myself at 6am in front of the mandala with my friend Jessica waiting to be picked up for a half day of shooting. A diesel landcruiser type vehicle pulls up just packed with dressed up natives from the college. We of course get the front seat and are greeted with compliments of how "smart' I looked and that I am most certainly the "hero", yes they actually use the terms hero, heroine and villan. After an unbelievably breathtaking drive through the countryside as the sun rose we arrived at one of the oldest temple sites around. After a breakfast of smashed rice cakes called iddly, sambar, vadda, coconut chutney and a few other things, the shooting began. We were told that we were just going to be extras, so we watched and waited. 1pm came and we still were waiting, at 2pm they were wrapping up and I thought, sweet, they didn't need me and I still get paid. Wrong, it's lunch and a location change.  "Have you acted in your country", he said ..........."Yes, but only commercials" is what came out. Turns you can be incredibly horrible and it's not dramatic enough. The scene was of two tourists getting swindled at a merchandise cart full of miselaneous junk. I am lied to about the age of a ring and quoted a ridiculous price for it. I am doubtful and question him, he reassures me. The hero overhears this and comes in between us to tell the shop keeper what is up. A little yelling with some super animated acting and he sets things straight impressing the heroine who was watching him from a third cart. The best was the the line as he grabbed the ring from my hand. He holds it up and says,"art" .....pause.......then palms  the ring in his fist and brings it to his chest  "should be from the heart". I am blown away by his righteousness and thank him. The shop keeper apologises and I pay him 5 rupees for what he qouted at 4000 rupees. It is now 4:30 and after a bunch of other shots from different angles and still photos I am set free to play by the river. The name of the movie is Payama and means journey in Kanada and is to be released in Feb. I could go on for another super long run-on about just the next hour after that. Watched a coracle being built, crossed the river in one, ect., ect. This is all so amazing I feel very blessed.
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