On Wednesday, I was booked as a drag queen (again) for some pick-up shots on a movie called My Super Ex-girlfriend starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, and Mena Suvari. I don’t know why director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) needed a drag queen for the movie, because I stood around for nine hours and they didn’t even use me! Maybe I looked too much like a train wreck (my drag always comes out kind of Courtney Loveish). Maybe they ran out of time, I’m not sure.
Anyway, we were shooting a street scene in downtown LA and there were lots of REAL homeless people wandering around near the set. I was told to wait across the street from where the actual shot was happening with a bunch of “deep background” extras until they were ready for me. To amuse myself while waiting for my starring role that never happened, I encouraged the homeless to walk through the shot with the deep background extras to see if production would notice. I must’ve gotten at least a dozen of them – with shopping carts – to walk alongside the extras. There was even a homeless midget who demanded $5 from me after he sauntered through the shot. It turns out no one on the production side noticed, so either those extras were completely off-camera, or this movie will have a lot of homeless cameos from downtown LA’s finest!
The crew broke for lunch at midnight. As I was loading up my plate with food, I saw Anna Farris. It’s no secret that I am the world’s number-one celebrity stalker and Anna is a sensational actress. So, as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I became temporary bff’s with Anna. Her hair was reddish in color and I asked her when she dyed it. She told me it was a wig. I laughed and told her to look at the camera and smile as my friend Rebecca snapped a photo of us. Of course, I look terrible in the picture! In fact, the only good picture I took all night long was with one of the homeless people! This guy had three teeth and was madly in love with me, so I had to take a picture with him. Unfortunately his mouth is closed the the pic (even though I told him to smile big) so you can’t see that he’s missing teeth. Go figure.
– Sham Ibrahim