I'm actually leaving some days of filming out when sharing these stories become some entire days ended up in footage that I eventually decided to cut. Once again, complete the script before you begin filming!
This exciting day of filming began early in the morning. It had to because we were allowed to film at a local Wendy's, but it had to be before they opened around 10AM. I believe this was a Sunday morning. I was so thrilled--we were filming in a real Wendy's. A family friend is the manager and he gave us permission to use the space.
The scene began with Slim entering the restaurant and ordering some food. The menu has changed in over 10 years of course, but at the time they only had options 1-9, so the joke was that Slim could not order a number 10. Today he could probably go up to number 20! I was planning on one of my friends to play the cashier, but when she became unavailable, I asked any of the Wendy's employees if they would like to be featured in Slim. One woman was eager to do it and she was fabulous. The service she gave to Slim's character would make Wendy's Corporation proud. Once she completed her scene, everyone present gave her a standing ovation.
The second part of the scene was to have Slim meet with Captain Sudden. However, Matt forgot about our filming date and was unable to be there. Creativity thrives on the unexpected. We solved our dilemma with having another actor in a Nunzie costume with his back to the camera and for Slim to finish the conversation on the phone.
With three costume changes, my Mom actually played three roles in the same scene. She can be glimpsed as a driver dropping Slim off at Wendy's. She causes Slim to wait in line while placing her order. Finally, she is a spy sitting behind Slim and listening in on his conversation.
A few years after filming these scenes at Wendy's, the particular franchise was awarded a complete renovation. The restaurant was closed for about 3 months. They demolished the entire building and built a brand new one in the same location. Because of this scene, I will always remember this Wendy's the way it was.