If we had a nickel for every time somebody asked us, “Hey, guys, why isn’t somebody doing a full-fledged documentary on my favorite Hollywood extra and your close, personal friend Jesse Heiman? I would pay good money to help get that off the ground!”
Well whine and complain to us no more! Because now, instead of giving that money to us, you can give it to director and producer Nick Weis of Magic Happens Productions, who has just started a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for his documentary, “Jesse Heiman: World’s Greatest Extra.”
The goal of the campaign is to raise $65,000 over a period of 30 days starting TODAY.
Weis and producer Emily Carroll are working on the doc, which follows a year in the life of Jesse as he tries to parlay his extra work into becoming a leading man, thanks to the momentum generated by his awesome 2013 Super Bowl commercial. Continue reading
TDQ: What’s a typical work week like for you as “The World’s Greatest Extra?” I assume you just drive unannounced to different lots where they’re filming different shows and say, “Hey, it’s me, Jesse. I’m here and ready to do a scene.”
Jesse Heiman: The World's Greatest Extra
Heiman: I get called in to work usually every day of the week, sometimes all on one show, sometimes I’m working five different shows. The days are typically long, 12-14 hours of work and that equals good money and fun times on set, but it’s a professional job. It’s just as hard or easy as your job but we all try to have fun while doing it.
You may not know it, but you’ve seen this week’s TDQ Q&A subject in damn near everything on TV and in movies. Known as “The World’s Greatest Extra,” Jesse Heiman somehow made time for us to talk about a typical week working all over Hollywood, why he looked up to Michael J. Fox and his thoughts on Will Ferrell’s future in Hollywood. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Jesse Heiman:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Jesse Heiman: Well, to be honest I had never heard of this site prior to this interview. But I’ve checked it out and it’s a good read.