I have some wonderful friends. Not only were so many of them willing to help me make Slim, but also they would offer their own ideas to make things easier.
I knew that Slim needed some type of 'boss' character. This character didn't need to be constantly present, but someone had to send Slim on his adventure. For this role, I asked my friend Craig to do it. He is always very straight forward and practical and I thought he would be a perfect fit for Slim's boss. Craig did a fabulous job. If the scene wasn't going as intended, he would figure out a way through his own performance to capture what was needed. His character may be my favorite from the entire movie. Today, he is finishing up law school.
As an "epic" (and I use that term loosely), Slim has a lot of characters. Some of these characters only appear in one scene. My friend Ross plays a chatty bartender. Much of what he says is improvised. Today, he works for Geek Squad. My friend Rickey plays a cranky waitress. Ironically, today he helps manage his family's restaurant. My friends Scott and Jacob appeared as nuns. Today, Scott works for a local church, while Jacob is the editor of Indie Hangover, a game review website.
Some of my friends performed in scenes that I ended up cutting years later. I felt terrible doing this, but if there is any interest I will release outtakes. There are a lot more friends that helped in someway that I have not profiled in this post, but I am forever grateful to them.
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