Best Man Holiday-- Featuring WNY- on DVD Today
A lot of Western New Yorkers might be dashing out to buy a DVD today.
For several days in late May, thousands of WNY extras were deployed to help Director Malcolm Lee transform Ralph Wilson Stadium into a movie set . But when the two hour movie came out, the Buffalo based football scenes came to only about 7 minutes of screen time, with the main actors featured a lot more than us.
Beginning today, with the release of the DVD, you can go frame-by-frame to catch a glimpse of your friends and neighbors and their 15 seconds (or far less) of fame
Shots for the "Making of" extras on the DVD were also shot in Buffalo and are likely to be included.
. During the shoot, cell phone usage was restricted, and pictures were discouraged. Now that the film is out, the behind the scenes footage and stories can be shared more fullly- and a variety of local folks will be watching for their milliseconds of fame.
Above: WBEN Photo. Surreptious cell phone picture caught by WBEN's Dave Debo, on set as an extra with his son.
The 122 minute film, opened natonwide Friday Nov. 15th, to feature just over 7 minutes of football scenes shot in Buffalo over 5 intense days.
The Ralph Wilson scene depicts Morris Chestnut as pro football player Lance Sullivan, and actual football hits featuring former pro and college football players choregraphed by football coordiinator Mark Robert Ellis, a veteran of many movie sports sequences including Any Given Sunday, Jerry Maguire, and The Replacements.
Above and Below: From the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, filiming in Ralph Wilson Stadium
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was on hand in late May to present a proclamation declaring it Malcom D. Lee Day in Buffalo, which reflected his gratitude for The Best Man Holiday choosing Buffalo for this production (Left to Right – City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Director Malcom Lee, and actor Morris Chestnut in a photo courtesy Buffalo Niagara Film Commission)
Were you there? Submit your photos to newsroom@WBEN.com . Include a brief story we can share.
Several extras in the movie shared their photos with us. Here's a sampling.