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On the Set of FX's 'The Americans': or, How to Survive Being an Extra on the Graveyard Shift

David Munk | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy
David Munk

Extra work can be easy or hard. Mostly it is just boring. However, my work on The Americans was an overnight shoot so it was, at least, certain to be lucrative. Here is a breakdown of that day and night.

"Just Look Busy!": On Life as a Background Actor

Zachary Stockill | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Zachary Stockill

You will see them mouthing fake conversations, pulling fake files, scribbling imaginary diagnoses, and generally trying to move about like people in a hospital do. They are, however, not in a hospital.

The Ricky Gervais Show and the Comedy of Self-Importance

Mark Lashley | Posted 06.30.2012 | TV
Mark Lashley

Gervais asserts that he plays a character on stage, ironically presenting himself as better or more knowledgeable than the people in the seats. But it's a bit harder to laugh along with the school bully than it is with the class clown.

Movie Review: The Invention of Lying

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gervais and his co-writer/director create one premise, then seem to shift to something else - and then to something else again. But the conceptual problems are less troubling than the essential shortage of laughs.

Winslet, 'Waltz,' and How Hollywood Likes Its Jews

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bradley Burston

Waltz with Bashir was not made for Hollywood, it was made for human beings. It was made for the people who went through the horror it shows.