A talented movie extra should boast a tact for being invisible. Although some background actors are given speaking roles, and some are integral in adding to scene authenticity, the best extra should merely blend into the environment whilst filling in the blanks of the proverbial bigger picture.
Sadly though... This isn't always the case.
10. STORMTROOPER HEADACHE
Opposite of missing most everything they shoot at and having an exceptionally hard time finding the droids they're looking for, Stormtroopers have many of their own real world problems. As do ridiculously tall movie extras.
9. WARDROBE MALFUNCTION
Let's just pretend this was entirely accidental. The woman who jumps for joy was completely unaware that her pants were unbuttoned and unzipped prior to cheering for her team's win.
8. PSYCHIC KID
Prior to Alfred Hitchcock's infamy as one of the greatest horror directors of all time, his film North by Northwest would give audiences something else basking in the utmost of peculiarity. Moments before a gun is shot, a young boy can be seen plugging his ears in anticipation of the loud sound.
Unlike most of the additions to this retrospective of horrible extras, we have one extra whom deserves the utmost notoriety as well as the oposite. Upon Tom Cruise's dismount of his temperamental four legged extra, it decides to kick backward ultimately landing a devastating blow to the groin of one of the samurai extras. If you ask me, this guy deserves quite the paycheck as even in his agony the altercation didn't detract from the scene.
6. OVERJOYED AND OVERPAID
What is it about the danger of an apex predator swimming in the midst of children and casual beach goers that makes one man run whimsically through the water? I'm uncertain. I do know that not only was this grinning extra overjoyed, but overpaid.
5. WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING
The Bond films have made an indelible mark on movie history. Same goes for this extra in the '08 film which he would literally sweep air.
I'm not even going to pretend to understand why there is a man throwing a dog into the water whilst Hulk Hogan drives by on his motorcycle. Perhaps it wasn't even a paid extra whom thought his dog needed a swim. Either way this is proof that either Director Michael Gottlieb wasn't paying attention, or it was too late in the editing process to remove the one second nonsensical incident from the already prolonged montage of the Hulkmanian road trip.
3. A TIGER SHARK
This is proof why any extra given a speaking role should be a lesser known actor hoping to fluff their resume and not plucked from the cesspool of doubles and extras that are abundant in Hollywood. In the '75classic a simple answer receives an preposterously funny and overly inquisitive response from this not so well rehearsed extra.
2. THE INVISIBLE MAN
There must be an invisible force that has incapacitated the thug in the background. Give the guy a cookie though it's hard enough to perform a convincing reaction and fall... Likely even harder when you're not fighting anyone in the first place.
1. FORCE KICK
This is undeniable proof that the force exists. You see that? Luke Skywalker just force kicked that guy in his face without touching him! You might be inclined to think that it was simply a delayed reaction and lack of forced perspective to enhance the stage combat realism... But no. It's a undoubtedly a force kick.