If you’d like to see me standing around behind some actors, one of the episodes of In Plain Sight I worked on will air tonight.
It’s one of three episodes I did the extra-thing on — the first aired last season: I was a Federal Marshal who stood behind Mary McCormack as she strolled along a corridor. On tonight’s episode, I portray a slightly different Federal Marshal standing on the Railrunner (the local commuter train) behind Mary McCormack and the rest of the cast as they talk about stuff. On my third and final episode (still to be aired), I was a dude from 1980 in a flashback sequence, although they really wanted my 1978 Jeep Wagoneer — I’m not sure I even wound up on camera.
During the shoot for tonight’s episode, Paul Ben-Victor wandered over to stand next to me, largely because it was warmer on the train than it was outside. I’m a huge fan of Ben-Victor, especially his stretch on The Invisible Man, the underrated series that ran for two seasons on The SyFy Channel (back when it was still Sci Fi). In fact, my keyring sports a quote from Darien Fawkes (the Invisible Man himself, played by Vincent Ventresca): “Oh, crap.” I showed the keyring to Ben-Victor and he really got a kick out of it — said he’d have to call Vinnie (!) and tell him about it. If you ever saw the show, you know that the best part was watching Ben-Victor and Ventresca play off each other, so I asked if they ad-libbed a lot. Ben-Victor said they did it constantly and that the writers hated them. Foolish writers.
You can watch both seasons of The Invisible Man free on Hulu, and it’s well worth your time. The show never took itself too seriously and the cast was terrific.