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Encyclopedia > Extra (actor)

In drama, an extra is a performer in a film, television show, or stage production who has no role or purpose other than to appear in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). They are little more than living props used to add a sense of realism to the scene in which they appear. Extras often require little to no acting experience, are hired en masse with little formality, and usually paid at low rates. War films and epic films often employ extras in large numbers: some movies have featured hundreds or even thousands of paid extras. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into theatre. ... The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands, etc. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as—in metonymy—the field in general. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Acting is the work of an actor, a person in theatre, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. ... The war film is a film genre that has to do with warfare, usually focusing on naval, air, or land battles, but sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training, or other related subjects. ... k Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as—in metonymy—the field in general. ...


On a movie set, film extras are technically referred to as "Background Action" or "Background Performers." In a stage production, extras are commonly referred to as "supernumeraries." In television they are sometimes known as "supporting artistes" or "S.A.s".


Former extras

Some actors who became celebrities began their careers as extras in other productions. For example:

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Cameo

When a celebrity (be it an actor or not) performs a brief appearance on a production, it is usually considered a cameo appearance. For instance, Alfred Hitchcock's appearances on his own movies are cameo appearances. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a highly influential director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ...


In popular culture

The silent film The Extra Girl (1923) portrays a small-town girl who comes to Hollywood and becomes an extra in her attempt to achieve stardom. The Extra Girl (1923) is a story of a small-town girl, Sue Graham (played by Mabel Normand) who comes to Hollywood to be in the pictures. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... ...


The television sitcom Extras follows the exploits of two professional extras, Andy and Maggie. They spend most of their time on set looking for a speaking role and a boyfriend, respectively. Extras is a sitcom about extras working on movie sets and in theatre. ...


 
 

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