When you were in elementary school, you thought that your teachers lived at school. They taught you things that you learn in order to be successful, and waited anxiously for the next day to do it all over again. Now that you are older, you know that is not the case. Shockingly, teachers have lives, just like everyone else. Even though you know teachers have lives, you would never imagine your teachers to be doing anything extraordinary with their free time, but they do.
One teacher that does surprisingly awesome activities is Tom Feige. Feige, biology teacher and advisor of CSI Woodland, spend his summers as an extra for movies during his free time. In Mitch Albom’s For One More Day(2007) Feige played a 70’s College Student. His job was to pretend that he was starting his first few days of college and asking a registry table about more information. In Made For Eachother(2009) he played Roscoe’s Bar Patron. During his scene in Made For Eachother, Feige had to eat chicken wings. In Everybody’s Fine(2009) Feige played a Train Passenger. During his scene he walked through the train station and handed in his ticket to be checked. In Before I Disappear(2014) he played a Bouncer. His job while acting as a bouncer was to guard the door of a building while the stars of the movie went into the building. The movie, The Week Of(2018) has not made it to theaters yet, but Feige played a funeral attendant. In Civil, a move that unfortunately never made it to theaters, he attended a political rally and came out of the scene covered in fake blood.
Feige’s sensational acting career started when open auditions for the first Indiana Jones movie came to Connecticut. He never expected to win an Oscar, or be the next Harrison Ford. Feige simply was intrigued. He went to open auditions and tried his best to get the best part available. Although he did not get the part in Indiana Jones, it led to many opportunities.
Once Feige started his career as an extra, he got involved with agencies that are in charge of finding extras to work for certain movies. He gets messages from both email and text from these agencies regularly. Even though he only works as an extra during summer break, he still has many opportunities to be in movies all throughout the year. Feige says that for every ten hours you work you get paid around $120. Although being an extra seems fun, it includes long hours, waiting around, and only being told when and where you are filming the night before.
Feige has worked with numerous famous actors. Some of these actors include:
- Adam Sandler
- Chris Rock
- Patrick Warburton
- Robert De Niro
- Kate Beckinsale
- Drew Barrymore
- Steve Buscemi
- Ron Perlman
- Paul Wesley
Sometimes the main actors will talk to the extras and get them pepped up for filming. During the filming of The Week Of this past summer, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock talked to the group of extras in order to get them excited for filming. Feige enjoyed this and believes that they are two incredibly funny people, in real life as well as in movies.
Although he never got that role in Indiana Jones, Feige will always have the role of Woodland’s favorite celebrity.