Bob Bacon spotted a familiar face in the trailer for the movie “At Any Price” – himself.
“It was an experience,” Bacon, said. “I’ve never done it before, and that’s why I did it. It was pretty cool.”
Bacon, his daughter, Brianna, and his grandson, Jacob Reiter, were some of the local residents cast as extras in “At Any Price,” the Ramin Bahrani movie that brought Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid to the area for filming in 2011.
Bacon was filmed shaking hands with actor Clancy Brown, and sitting in front of Efron and Quaid in another scene.
DeKalb County officials are excited the movie, which will see a limited release April 24 in Los Angeles and New York, also will be shown in DeKalb at Carmike Market Square Cinema on May 10.
“We’re excited for everybody because everyone has anticipated the release of this movie since 2011,” said Debbie Armstrong, executive director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Armstrong said they were working on a private event in anticipation of the movie’s DeKalb release, but nothing has been set. She did not know if Sony Pictures Classics plans to screen the film at other local theaters or how long the film’s run might be.
Quaid plays a third-generation farmer who wants his son, played by Efron, to carry on the family business. The son, however, has aspirations of becoming a race car driver.
Scenes for the movie were shot at Sycamore Speedway, First Lutheran Church in DeKalb and rural spots around the county.
Doug Nelson, a member of the bureau’s board of directors, said they helped the production crew find many shooting locations in the county, enough so they opened their office here.
Scott Potter and his wife, Sarah, sat a couple of rows behind actress Heather Graham as the cast and extras sang the national anthem at Sycamore Speedway. Or at least that’s what happens in the movie.
“We had to mime singing along to the national anthem,” said Potter, adding the actors sang while listening to the song via an earpiece. “They were the only ones singing. We’re all miming along to their terrible singing.”
The Illinois Film Office stated the film production brought in $950,000 for the county, and $1.8 million for the state, Armstrong said.
“Events like this really demonstrate the power of tourism, and what the industry ... contributes to the local economy and the state,” Armstrong said.
Nelson said the movie was a win-win for the county.
Potter said he enjoyed being an extra on the film, especially because he was familiar with Bahrani’s work as a director.
“We got to see everyone who was headlining in the movie,” Potter said, which he said was rare for extras. “That was pretty cool.”
If you goWhat: "At Any Price"When: May 10Where: Carmike Market Square Cinema
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated from a previous version.