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Former Decatur resident an extra in big-screen release

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

A former Decatur resident and her car could be spotted on the big screen recently in “Catch and Release.”

Vanessa Volin, daughter of Cynthia and Tim Volin of Decatur, said she felt lucky to be an extra in two scenes in this movie, which was filmed in Boulder, Colo., where she lives.

“I applied to be an extra and got accepted for five days of filming but could only get one day off work,” she said.

Because they filmed hundreds of scenes that never made the cut for the movie, many extras never got to see themselves on screen.

The pay and perks are good, she said. “I got paid about $200 for one day of work, plus they gave us breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had three wardrobe changes and they did my hair and makeup. It was fun — something I decided I needed to experience!”

Her car, a 1992 green Honda Accord, is also in the movie, which was filmed in summer 2005. In the first street scene, Volin is shown at the gas station with her car, and in the second, she is walking down the sidewalk in front of a restaurant named “The Sink.”

During her day for filming, Volin said she spent a good bit of time around stars Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant.

“She was very nice and also very pregnant during the filming, but they covered it up pretty well,” she said of Garner, who had two doubles.

“In person, Olyphant looks nothing like he did in the film,” she said. “I didn’t think he was even attractive in person, but in the movie he looks hot! That shows what they can do to make stars look good.”

Volin also got to attend the preview when the film was shown in Boulder’s historic theater downtown the night before it opened nationally.

“The director was here, and it was cool — red carpet, limos and all,” she said. “It was fun to watch with a Boulder audience, since so many of us were in the movie. Throughout the film, people exclaimed, ‘There I am!’

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