`Crashers' makes waves for extras on the Shore

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July 15, 2005|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

For Jennifer Collinson, it was the realization of a dream, appearing as an anonymous extra in a Hollywood movie.

"It was so thrilling," Collinson, 30, says at a preview screening of Wedding Crashers, set up so the local cast and crew involved with the film - much of it was shot on the Eastern Shore last summer, in and around St. Michaels - could see what they had been working so hard on.

Collinson, a music and drama teacher at Arundel Bay Christian Academy in Calvert County, found hanging around the set with stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Jane Seymour so exciting that she couldn't wait to tell someone about it. After the movie was over, she stood outside the theater, calling out in a loud voice that she was available in case anyone wanted to interview her.

"It was a lifelong dream that I had kind-of curtailed early because I married young and we had four children," she says. "It was just a dream, that they asked me to be in it, and that they asked me to stay on the set for two weeks."

Jennifer McCormick, 37, spent only two days on the set, which may be why she doesn't glow with the same degree of enthusiasm as her fellow extra. She, too, had a good time, but her recollections of the shoot are a little more prosaic.

"It was very hot," she recalls. "A lot of people got sunburned. It was great, though. You had to get there at 6 in the morning, and we didn't leave until 9 or 10 at night."

It's possible she's also a little jealous, given that her sister, Regan McGorry, got to shoot a one-on-one scene with Wilson, and got to spend two weeks on set. Then again, her sister's scene ended up on the cutting-room floor ("It might be on the DVD," McCormick says), while McCormick actually appears onscreen.

Cynthia Wray, 52, and her "significant other," Steve Dulin, 63, first met through a support group for widows and widowers. For Wray, the highlight of her moviemaking experience came when she had an up-close-and-personal encounter with star McAdams, who plays the maid of honor at a high-society Eastern Shore wedding (and later becomes the love interest for Wilson's character).

"She looked at me and said, `Give me some sugar,' and then she reached over and hugged me, she was so sweet," Wray says. "She really is a true professional, because she made us feel so at ease."

Says Dulin, "So much camaraderie developed on that set. We made so many friends, so many memories out there."

All four local extras give the movie a major thumbs-up. "I thought it was so funny," says McCormick.

Only Collinson expresses any reservation.

"Halfway through it, I heard that Jane Seymour was going to flash [Owen Wilson]. I said, `This isn't an R-rated movie, is it?' I could be fired for this."

Still, she says laughing, "I'm proud to say that I saw me in it."

To see McCormick in the movie: Watch for the scene where McAdams' character is giving a "humorous" toast to the happily married couple. She's wearing a pink dress and sporting chin-length light brown hair, and is standing next to the ring bearer and flower girl.

To see Collinson in the movie: In the scene where Wilson's character is trying to impress McAdams' character by guessing all the wedding presents, look for a woman with long, dark brown hair and wearing a champagne-colored evening gown.

To see Wray and Dulin in the movie: Look for the happy couple in the background of a scene where Vaughn is entertaining children by twisting balloons into different shapes. "We're all over that thing," says Dulin.

The classics

For your viewing pleasure this week:

Roger Corman's Wild Angels, featuring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd in the film that started the '60s biker-movie craze (without it, would Fonda have ever made Easy Rider?), will be shown at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $5. Information: www.creativeal liance.org or 410-276-1651.

Robert Siodmak's 1944 Cobra Woman, starring Maria Montez as good and bad sisters on opposite sides of a dangerous cobra cult on a decidedly unfriendly Pacific island, is the next feature in the continuing revival series at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $5, and showtimes are noon tomorrow, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Information: 410-727-FILM or www.thechar les.com.

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