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Haley Joel Osment with ( from left to right) Kristi Higgins, Kim Comito and Celeste Currie.

I was an extra on Home of the Giants !

Author : Daniel Chia with thanks to Kristi Higgins and Kim Comito

Photographs courtesy of Kim Comito and Kristi Higgins © 2005

An Original article for the Home of the Giants Tribute Site . First published 15th December 2005

 

Warning : Very Mild Spoilers in Article

The Home of the Giants Tribute Site interviewed Greensboro locals Kim Comito and Kristi Higgins, who together with their friend Celeste Currie , were fortunate enough to be hired as extras during the filming of Home of the Giants . Kim and Celeste are 12 years old and Kristi is 15.

How did you hear about Home of the Giants and how did you get involved in the film ?

We read it in the newspaper. It said, "locally produced movie needs extras" so we went.

What exactly did you all have to do ?

On our first day of shooting at UNCG we had to do a scene were Matt Morrison (Ryan Merriman) is out of the game and the fans want him put in the game. We had to chant “We want Matt” for about 6 hours. Later that day we shot some basketball scenes. On our second day at UNCG we shot more basketball scenes and various crowd scenes. The second weekend we were at the LJVM coliseum in Winston Salem. These days we got to “hang out” with the stars a little bit more. We did a lot more basketball scenes and we had to do one scene in which the crowd rushes the court. In this scene we were right beside Haley and Danielle. This scene was really fun but it was very hot because the air conditioning made too much noise and it couldn’t be left on during shooting.

Was it difficult filming ? Tell me more about your filming experience.

The hardest thing for us was pantomiming, where you do a scene without making any noise. Another thing that was difficult for us was not looking in the camera. A basketball player told us that not looking in the camera was like not pushing the big red flashing button.


Kim Comito, Ryan Merriman, Celeste Currie and Kristi Higgins

Did you get to work directly with Haley, Ryan and Danielle ? What was the experience like ?

Yes we got to work directly with them a few times. In UNCG we got to sit right behind Ryan and the rest of the team. It was a lot of fun because between takes we could talk to them. We also got to play basketball with them when they were setting up the next scenes to shoot. At the LJVM coliseum we got to stand with Haley and Danielle in the rushing the court scene. We were put right beside them. It was a really good experience to be right near all of the stars.

What are your impressions about Haley, Ryan and Danielle in real life ? Were they nice ?

They were all so nice and fun to be around. Ryan always danced and sang and sometimes he got the whole crowd into it.

So , was Ryan a good singer ?

He did more rapping then singing but he wasn't the best but not the worst we've heard.

How about Haley? What did he look like up close ?

Haley looks the same as when he was a little boy just more grown up. He was very short. It was funny because we were all taller than him!

At which locations did filming actually take place for you ?

Our first weekend we filmed at UNCG in Greensboro. The second weekend was filmed at the LJVM coliseum in Winston-Salem.

What did you get for appearing as extras in the film ?

We got free food! And they were giving away things like signed movies, money, ipods, and things like that. I ( Kim Comito ) won a "Empire Falls" signed dvd by Danielle which I thought was really cool that I won.

Are there any special incidences that happen which are most memorable for you ?

The whole experience is something that we will always remember. Just getting to talk and hang out with the stars was the best part. We will always remember this because it was the first movie that we were in and hopefully not the last. We would love to go to the premiere and see Haley, Danielle, Ryan, and Kay again.


From left to right, Celeste Currie, Kristi Higgins, Danielle Panabaker and Kim Comito

 

Thank you, ladies . Meeting Haley, Ryan and Danielle must have been a great thrill, and we look forward to seeing you on big screen right there with the Stars !

 

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