Close Encounters of the Krasinski Kind

John Krasinski

One heck of an amazing fan report from lemoñadé:

Hi Tallyheads! lemoñadé here. A few weeks ago, I had an incredible week working on the Tucson and Phoenix sets of Farlanders and figured I would share my experience with you guys, seeing as how I always love reading other people’s fan accounts.

A few months ago, an amazing Northern Attack friend of mine gave me the contact info for the casting agent for this film. Mexicanity and I submitted our information and imagine our surprise when we were called in to be featured extras for this movie in Tucson.

We decided to make it a ladies night and stayed at the resort where they were filming the movie. Our call time was Tuesday at 1:30pm, so we drove in Monday night and just hung out at the resort. When we arrived that night, they had already wrapped for the day but there were trailers and lighting everywhere you looked.

On Tuesday morning, we slept in a little and decided to go grab something to eat and walk around. We were curious to see if we would run into any of the filming but right as we stepped out of the elevator, we were walking into their shots. They were shooting in the lobby of the resort.

We snuck to the back to go grab some coffee and just hung out with one of the PA’s. He let us hang out in the back and take pictures while John and Maya filmed their scenes. It was such a treat just sitting back and watching everything that goes into making a movie and seeing a big time director like Sam Mendes take over.

Our call time came and we went into hair and makeup. The scenes they were filming earlier were running late, so they ended up wrapping us for the day but they needed us to come in the next day.

Our big day finally arrived. Since our shoot was moved to the next day, Mexicanity wasn’t able to make it out. I was on my own. I can’t lie. I was a little freaked out. I had never done this before, so I was just hoping I didn’t end up screwing the pooch. I went into hair and makeup and sat around waiting to be called to set.

While I was waiting, something kind of cool happened. The casting agent had been looking for a double for Maya for Phoenix and was having trouble finding someone with her complexion, when she turned to me and remembered I lived in Phoenix. She asked if I could do it. I said yes and then she took me to some of the production people and they ok-ed me to do it. I had no idea what “it” was but I was going to be doing it.

They finally called me down to be in the scene. I played a bartender and was a few feet from John and Maya. During breaks, they would come sit on the bar stools right in front of me. They were both extremely nice and were joking around. I can’t remember what I said, but I made John laugh and that more than made my day. We filmed quite a few shots and then they wrapped filming in Tucson.

While filming in Tucson, I noticed that there were a few people walking around wearing Dunder Mifflin hats and I saw some Dunder Mifflin stickers on the equipment boxes. I ran into one of the guys who was wearing a DM hat and I told him I liked his hat.