On every film shoot, they gather. They pose and stand correctly. They are suitably coiffed and dressed, keeping within their budget. Although grouped, they try to stand out a bit, glancing casually towards the power players. They attempt joviality and lightheartedness, but work at it a little too hard because they need to be discovered. They are extras.
It is a hard thing to do – to make that leap from extra to actor, from pariah to one of the chosen few, one of the celebrity class. Extras stand just at the edge of glittery fame, close enough to see it, but to far away to catch the warmth of any rays. This weed stands poised on location, just at the edge of where all the shimmering action is taking place. This weed can hear the exciting call of “Action!” but cannot move. Instead it is trod upon by dollies and set carts, C-stands and cranes, grips and gaffers, wardrobe handlers and makeup artists. But this weed, like many, is fascinated by the bright lights and the idea of being discovered. So it takes its eyes off the grind of daily life and looks instead into the camera, or at least in the direction of where it thinks the camera must be, to be a star!
Lucky for me that a dear, dear friend was able to discover this unexpected weed celebrity while on location in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is the real star of the day, this little weed who works hard to grow and thrive on the studio lot. Rail thin, it stands tall between grime and glitter, ready for its chance under the lights.
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.