Bay couple serve as extras in Nicolas Cage movie
BAY ST. LOUIS -- Rochelle Harper thought she was overdressed.
The Bay St. Louis-based musician was, along with her husband and guitarist Gary "Boz" Boswell, recently in a scene of the Nicolas Cage movie "Southern Fury," which was shot in Biloxi.
Harper, who leads the Rochelle Harper Band and had performed the night before the shoot at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, said she and her husband showed up to the shoot in the clothing they normally wear while performing.
"I had on fishnet pantyhose and a black dress and a pink hat and a pink boa and Boz was in his rock 'n' roll gear and everyone else was in Gulf Coast attire," Harper said. "I felt like I needed a drink."
But the look worked, as Harper and Boswell were used in a scene with Cage and Adrian Grenier.
The scene was shot at Slap Ya Momma's BBQ in Biloxi.
The casting call
Boswell said they had often talked about being in a movie.
"We had been wanting to be in a movie for a while, especially as a band, because every time we see a band in a movie, we think, 'That could be us,'" he said. "We would ask ourselves, 'Why aren't we doing this?'"
Harper said she was scrolling through Facebook one day when she saw a post that caught her attention.
"Cher Foley was casting it through Casting the Coast, and I saw on Facebook where they were doing blind auditions. We went and did our reads; I read for a bartender, and Boz read for one of Nicolas Cage's bad guys," she said.
Boswell was also offered a part as a stand-in for Cage.
"They called me and asked me if I could come and stand-in for Nicolas Cage, but I wasn't able to do it because of the timing," he said.
With about 25 people there for the casting call, Harper and Boswell were cast as a couple in the bar scene.
"We were very close to Nicolas Cage and Adrian Grenier and Nic's outfit was the same color as my hat," she said. "But I didn't look at him or the camera, because they said not to."
A serious actor
Harper said they were on the set for about two hours the day of the shoot.
"We had to be out of the restaurant before 11 a.m., because that's when they opened," she said.
And although they were literally a few feet away from Cage for the duration of the shoot, it doesn't mean that they are now "best friends forever" with the actor.
"Nicolas Cage was almost dressed in disguise, he was definitely playing a character," she said. "He was very serious, and we didn't talk to him or anything."