BRAWLEYÂ – Men and woman, ages 18 and over, lined up outside the Best Western Plus, Saturday afternoon for a chance to actÂ as an extra for the locally filmed, â€œBad Batchâ€ movie, starring Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. Filming will commence next month in Niland and Bombay Beach.
â€œItâ€™s something out of the ordinary,â€ said Tina Hargreaves from Brawley.
Hargreaves explained that the process was fast and simple, and enjoyed meeting people from the community that she had never met before.
â€œIâ€™m a big fan of Jim Carrey,â€ said Serafin Fregoso, a Marine veteran from Holtville, â€œItâ€™s an experience. How often are you ever involved in movies?â€
â€œI hope it gives different people an opportunity to experience what itâ€™s like to be on set,â€ saidÂ Film Commissioner Charlotte Stewart.
This was Fregosoâ€™s second time attending a casting call. He also had worked as an extra for the movie Arms and Dudes with Jonah Hill.
Movies filmed in the Imperial Valley bring a boost to the economy.Â Arms and Dudes brought in an estimatedÂ $1.2 million dollars, and American Sniper brought in an estimated 800 thousand dollars to the community, Â according to Stewart.[envira-gallery id=”56099″]