Many people become extras in movies and TV shows as a possible way to break into the business. Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis to name a few. Others do it just for fun, for the experience.
But any adult who has appeared as a background actor has one thing in common. They all knew they were doing it.
Not if you’re a buffalo though.
There’s an FX series called “Retreat” that’s going to shoot on a bison farm right here in New Jersey. The show is about a Gen Z amateur sleuth invited with other guests to a retreat by a billionaire in a remote location. A guest turns up dead and the detective must prove it to be murder before the killer strikes again.
The farm is Readington River Buffalo Farm on Route 523 in Readington, New Jersey. Filming will take place next month and will last three days. A team of up to 100 people will spend an entire day setting up the stage. Followed by filming on the second day and the third day is to conclude.
At the moment, it looks like the crew will be there the first week of April and filming will take place during the day and will depend on the weather.
If you’re hoping to meet someone as famous as Stallone, Eastwood or Pitt, you’re out of luck. An assistant stage manager said, “None of our actors are incredibly famous.”
But there is an Oscar nominee among them, Clive Owen. Others include Emma Corrin, Harris Dickinson, Alice Braga, Jermaine Fowler, Joan Chen and Raul Esparza.
I might just see part of that shoot. I live not far from the bison ranch. In fact, the first time I saw it, I did a double take. I was driving north on Highway 523 when I couldn’t believe I suddenly saw bison, and lots of them, tucked near a fence just off the road. My first thought was that I couldn’t believe my eyes. My second was, I bet if they really wanted to get out, they could charge that fence and break through, no problem.
It is not yet known if the buffalo will sign autographs after the shooting.
The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.
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