Movie Extras Who Completely Ruined Their Scenes

Movie Extras Who Completely Ruined Their Scenes

There’s an old saying in showbiz that goes, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” While it’s meant to be motivational, sometimes it’s literally true. These extras, for example, were really small actors, until they did something big – namely, ruin their very expensive movies.

Thanks for the spoiler, kid (North By Northwest)

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest thrillers, North by Northwest had audiences at the edge of their seats. The crop duster chase has become iconic, but the standoff at Mount Rushmore’s visitors center is almost as famous – for all the wrong reasons.

Thanks for the spoiler, kid (North By Northwest)

Would the movie’s femme fatale, Eve, really shoot Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill? Judging by the kid extra in the back, absolutely. A full five seconds before Eve fires, he plugs his ears in anticipation of the loud bang. Hitch really should’ve known – when you’re working with kids, get it right on the first take.

Uh, guys? You okay there? (Everything Must Go)

Don’t sleep on Will Ferrell’s 2010 dramedy Everything Must Go. Not playing a loud obnoxious jerk (for once), Ferrell gives a moving performance as a salesman whose professional and personal lives are falling apart around him.

Uh, guys? You okay there? (Everything Must Go)

In one scene, his character meets up with an old high school friend, Delilah, played by Laura Dern. While the two chat, Delilah’s kids are in the background eating snacks. Then, one cut later, they’re frozen in place and stare off into space – and remain that way for the rest of the scene. It’s not only distracting but downright unnerving.

Curse you, Coach Carter! (Coach Carter)

Based on a true story, Samuel L. Jackson starred in Coach Carter as the tough-as-nails basketball coach for the Richmond High School varsity basketball team. Carter puts academics ahead of athletics, going so far as canceling the team’s big game because of his players’ poor grades.

Curse you, Coach Carter! (Coach Carter)

When the rest of the school finds out, they respond with the teenage fury you’d imagine… except for one guy. This student, who’s absolutely unmissable, shakes his fist at Carter like he’s Grampa Simpson and threatens that he’ll rue the day he ever crossed him, like some kind of silent film-era villain.

No wonder they can’t shoot straight (Star Wars – A New Hope)

This might actually be one of the most famous extra mess-ups ever – so famous that the movie was retroactively changed to accommodate it. So, a bunch of stormtroopers manage to track down C-3PO and R2-D2 on the Death Star.

No wonder they can’t shoot straight (Star Wars – A New Hope)

As they enter the room the droids are in, one of the troopers very, very conspicuously bangs his head on the bottom of the blast door. Twenty-seven years later, when George Lucas was remastering the movies for a special edition release, he added a ridiculous “bonk” sound effect to accompany the blow. That’s almost as funny as Jar Jar! Almost.

Ghostbusters, alright! (Ghostbusters)

Just before the Ghostbusters enter Dana’s Central Park West apartment building for their final battle against Gozer, they take in the adulation of New Yorkers who showed up to support them.

Ghostbusters, alright! (Ghostbusters)

Providing arguably too much support, one extremely noticeable red-headed extra keeps shouting, pumping his fist, and just generally looking like this is the highlight of his life up to that point. Just recently, one internet sleuth uncovered his identity – he was played by Eldo Ray Estes, a makeup artist who went on to win four Emmy Awards for his work on As the World Turns.

Say, that guy looks familiar… (Breakin’)

Breakin’, a movie about breakdancing that could only possibly have been released in the ’80s, probably wouldn’t have been remembered today if not for one thing. We’re referring, of course, to its sequel: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, whose subtitle was so ridiculous that it became a meme before we even knew memes were a thing.

Say, that guy looks familiar… (Breakin’)

Oh, there’s one other memorable thing. In one dancing scene, a muscle-bound goon in a spandex bodysuit is getting down and dirty. Hang on, he looks familiar… Yep, it’s Jean-Claude Van Damme, as an uncredited extra in one of his first movie roles.

Unintentional indecent exposure (Teen Wolf)

Teen Wolf is the quintessential ’80s teen comedy. Werewolves? Check. High school drama? Check. Michael J. Fox? Check and check. In the movie, Fox’s mild-mannered Scott discovers he’s a werewolf, and does the obvious – become a basketball star while building a merchandising empire. Hey, it was the ’80s.

Unintentional indecent exposure (Teen Wolf)

At the movie’s climax, Scott’s team wins a pivotal basketball game, and everyone celebrates. One extra celebrated a little too hard, though, as her pants are clearly undone when she leaves the bleachers. She spends the rest of the scene trying desperately, and mostly unsuccessfully, to zip them back up.

This is the happiest he’s ever been (Million Dollar Baby)

Million Dollar Baby is a great movie about an amateur fighter being helped by an old-timer to live out her dream of going pro, only for it to end in tragedy. Sounds like Rocky with a gender-swapped boxer, but this movie’s amazing, though understated.

This is the happiest he’s ever been (Million Dollar Baby)

Well, except for one dude, who’s the opposite of understated. In one bout, Hilary Swank’s character lands, like, three punches. One extra reacts by celebrating with multiple fist pumps and a completely unsolicited high-five with the guy next to him, in a display that’d be a bit much even for The Price Is Right contestants.

The creepiest kid ever captured on film (Back to the Future Part III)

Back to the Future Part III really wanted to be a Western. The result, unsurprisingly, was a solid meh. By the time Doc Brown had a time-traveling train, we were really ready for the movie to be over. Unfortunately, it’d give us one last thing to think about.

The creepiest kid ever captured on film (Back to the Future Part III)

When Doc introduces Marty to his kids, his youngest son Verne gestures with his hand to come close, and then points directly at his groin. What’s bizarre isn’t that the kid couldn’t wait until the end of the take to go potty, but that they kept it in the movie.

Don’t look at it, don’t look at it… Nailed it! (Goodfellas)

An extra’s entire job is to blend into the background. Indeed, for the movie’s purposes, extras aren’t real people – they’re set dressing that moves. Whatever they do, they should never steal focus away from the actual stars. It doesn’t always work that way.

Don’t look at it, don’t look at it… Nailed it! (Goodfellas)

In Goodfellas, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro’s characters have a tense psychological stand-off at a diner. It’s only slightly undermined by the guy behind De Niro, who was clearly told not to look at the camera and tries to do anything in the world except that. He only succeeds some of the time.

Yaaaay, shark! (Jaws)

Jaws isn’t only the movie that invented the summer blockbuster – it’s also a classic example of how filmmakers can achieve so much with relatively so little. With its relatively modest budget, everything had to go off without a hitch for the movie to work.

Yaaaay, shark! (Jaws)

To create the atmosphere of dread that was absolutely vital, then, a lot of extras were needed to facilitate the vibe. They did a pretty good job, except for one beachgoer. While everyone’s freaking out about a currently-in-progress shark attack, he romps in the water completely carefree, grinning like he’s on Baywatch.

Forget the kids, somebody save the ice cream! (Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back)

Star Wars is ridiculous. Don’t get us wrong – we love the movies. But the obsession over everything is… a bit much. In The Empire Strikes Back, Cloud City is being evacuated after being attacked by the Empire. One guy’s legging it while carrying what can only be described as an intergalactic ice cream maker.

Forget the kids, somebody save the ice cream! (Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back)

A half-second of screentime didn’t stop him from getting a backstory – and an action figure! Apparently, he was carrying his computer’s memory core containing important Rebel information. Or, y’know, he was just an extra with a Seventies ‘stache who ransacked the craft services table.

That first step is a doozy (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

While Tim Burton used his permanent retainer on Johnny Depp to get him to play Willy Wonka, nothing tops the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as the candy mogul.

That first step is a doozy (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Apart from traumatizing generations of children with that tunnel sequence, the movie also featured The Candy Man, a song that would later become a hit. Speaking of hits, while the creepy candy store clerk lifts the hatch to let the kids ransack his store like barbarians, he visibly smacks a little girl in the chin. Undeterred, she shakes it off and charges towards early-onset diabetes.

Just fighting in World War II, NBD (Dunkirk)

It’s often said that one bad apple’s enough to spoil the bunch. In Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, the bunch was spoiled before the movie ever came out. Nolan crafted a masterful teaser, building suspense while revealing little actual action.

Just fighting in World War II, NBD (Dunkirk)

It would’ve worked if not for one extra. In a scene showing Allied soldiers on a boat, everyone looks up at the sound of an oncoming German plane. Sadly, the palpable tension is somewhat undercut by an extra who can’t stop smirking. It was so bad that for the DVD release his face was digitally altered.

He probably had 20 bucks riding on this (Gladiator)

Some extras show up just for the love of filmmaking. Sure, they might not even see themselves on the screen, but they’ll forever cherish their role, however small, in making movie magic. Other extras, meanwhile, arrive with an agenda.

He probably had 20 bucks riding on this (Gladiator)

They’ll get on-camera, and nothing on Earth will stop them. That was certainly the case for this Gladiator extra. Not letting the misfortune of being placed behind a pillar ruin his day, he leaned in until he was almost in the lap of the guy next to him, following the camera along as it swooped to the right.

A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be (Quantum of Solace)

Quantum of Solace, James Bond’s 22nd movie was… Well, it was certainly a movie! Plot-wise, 007 take on an evil green technology developer named… Umm… Dominic Greene? That can’t be right. Anyway, one scene has Bond astride a motorcycle on a pier.

A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be (Quantum of Solace)

As he checks his phone, the rest of us checked out the extra on the right, sweeping a good foot off the ground. Our guess? His real sweeping was being picked up by the mics, so they told him to knock it off. Determined to give his Oscar-nominated performance anyway, he left no air molecule unswept.

A trialogue between me, myself, and I (The Room)

Singling out a bad performance in The Room is like filling a glass with ocean water and saying it’s the saltiest thing in the Atlantic. Tommy Wiseau’s magnum opus, which inspired James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, is a movie that needs to be seen to be believed it exists.

A trialogue between me, myself, and I (The Room)

We won’t even try to describe the plot, such as it is, so let’s just move on. In the party scene, itself notorious for… so much, one lady manages to stand out. She’s seen clearly engaged in animated conversation, despite the minor fact that there’s no one there for her to talk to.

Seriously questioning his life choices (The King of Queens)

We admit this might be cheating a bit, but it’s one of our favorites and it’s our article so we’re including it! Sure, Patton Oswalt had a featured role on The King of Queens as Doug’s friend Spence, but aren’t extras background characters with no lines?

Seriously questioning his life choices (The King of Queens)

Well, in one episode where Dough celebrates his 40th birthday, that’s exactly what Spence was. Oswalt spends the entire one-minute scene standing motionless, saying and doing nothing. While he claims to have no recollection as to the reason, we like to think Oswalt wanted to see if anyone would notice. Clearly no one did.

A tackle so hard it made him change his race (Wildcats)

From Hoosiers to The Mighty Ducks, it seems like “eccentric coach helps a team of misfits and underdogs win at an all-important game” is a sports movie cliché that’s been done about a million times.

A tackle so hard it made him change his race (Wildcats)

Wildcats is just another in that long list, notable only for having a woman, Goldie Hawn, as the aforementioned coach and for being Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson’s big-screen debut. Oh, also there’s one scene where #89, an African-American player wearing gloves, gets tackled. Then, when he gets up, he’s white and isn’t wearing gloves. That was some hit!

She’ll be fine (10 Things I Hate About You)

You might remember 10 Things I Hate About You as the modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, or for being the movie that first clued audiences to the fact Heath Ledger was a star.

She’ll be fine (10 Things I Hate About You)

For us, though, it’ll always be the movie where a student is told to go get help for her coach, who has just been struck by an arrow. She could’v’e ran to the end of the field, but instead she stops midway and turns to look directly at the camera. At no point was she ever out of frame, but we appreciate her casual laziness.

Cats gonna cat (You Only Live Twice)

Everyone knows the old showbiz adage, “Never work with children or animals.” Supposedly, adult actors will automatically be upstaged by their antics. In the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, this was true for entirely different reasons. It’s a cliché now, but the trope of the bad guy-with-a-cat actually originated with Bond villain Ernst Blofeld.

Cats gonna cat (You Only Live Twice)

In this movie, he strokes his feline while his volcano base (ugh) is blowing up. The cat, noticeably freaking out and trying to escape, is digging its claws right into Donald Pleasence’s arm. That dude should’ve won an Oscar just for not flinching!

Haha, kung fu (Enter the Dragon)

We don’t know what the quote-unquote “proper” reaction is to seeing a guy kicking another dude full-on in the head three times, but we have a feeling this ain’t it. Enter the Dragon is considered one of Bruce Lee’s finest movies, and one of the best and most influential martial arts films of all-time.

Haha, kung fu (Enter the Dragon)

For us, it’ll always be the movie where one martial arts student watched Bruce Lee absolutely destroy some random guy, and found it the funniest thing ever. It stands out so much because he’s dead-center, and everyone else around him is completely stone-faced.

Batman! Ehhhhh! (Batman Forever)

It seems like a fever dream now, but Joel Schumacher really was paid boatloads of money by Warner Bros. to take out the Batman franchise for nearly a decade. We like to pretend Batman & Robin doesn’t exist, so let’s focus on the slightly-less-terrible Batman Forever.

Batman! Ehhhhh! (Batman Forever)

The movie featured over-the-top performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey, but one extra made it his mission to outdo them. When Batman drops from the ceiling in one scene, he points at him like a toddler on too much sugar and goes, “Batman! Ehhhhh!” Nicole Kidman’s too good for this nonsense.

He never liked San Francisco anyway (Star Trek Into Darkness)

Star Trek Into Darkness is both a sequel to the rebooted 2009 Star Trek movie and a sort-of retelling of the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. How’s that for confusing? Before the movie was even released, its first trailer attempted to set the stakes.

He never liked San Francisco anyway (Star Trek Into Darkness)

One frenetic scene had a futuristic San Francisco being obliterated by colossal spacecrafts. While the residents were freaking out, one guy – wearing enormous exaggerated specs – was staring right at the camera and grinning like the destruction of his city was what he wished for on his birthday.

Must’ve gotten a bit too excited (The Dark Knight Rises)

After years of Tim Burton and – Oh, Lord – Joel Schumacher, director Christopher Nolan taking over the Batman franchise was frankly a relief. His trilogy of movies was awesome, and we were all in – until a rooftop fight between Batman and Catwoman and some henchmen in The Dark Knight Rises.

Must’ve gotten a bit too excited (The Dark Knight Rises)

One henchman was all ready to throw down, when suddenly he went flying backwards without anyone being anywhere near him. Nolan, who famously grew an actual cornfield for Interstellar because he didn’t want to use CGI, said, “Eh, no one’ll notice” and kept it in the movie.

‘I mean, let’s think about this for a second…’ (The Dark Knight)

The Dark Knight will forever be remembered for the late Heath Ledger’s mesmerizing performance as the Joker, a role for which he won a well-deserved but posthumous Oscar. The movie would really be perfect… if not for a press conference scene in which Harvey Dent addresses Gotham PD’s very valid concerns about the Joker’s rampage.

‘I mean, let’s think about this for a second…’ (The Dark Knight)

It totally breaks the immersion into the story. One disgruntled cop yells, “No more dead cops!” and the extra seated directly in front him makes a face that says, “Dead cops? What dead cops? I don’t know anything about that, no siree.”

Second takes are for losers! (Star Wars – Return Of The Jedi)

Return of the Jedi’s supposedly iconic Sarlacc pit fight sequence makes us mad. The most egregious offender is, of course, the haphazard way in which Boba Fett gets bumped off like a chump. The other huge deal-breaker is the fight choreography, and we use that term loosely.

Second takes are for losers! (Star Wars – Return Of The Jedi)

Luke is taking on several bad guys, and dispatches the first evildoer with a quick kick to the chops. Except Luke’s foot misses him by about… a foot. Ever the professional, the extra still chucks his gun into the air and plummets to his demise for no reason whatsoever.

Yeah, guess they are pretty entertained (Gladiator)

How bad do you need to be at your job for the director to complain about you months and months after shooting wrapped? These Gladiator extras know the answer. In the movie’s first battle scene, the Roman army clashes with Germanic tribesmen. Despite the grim, down-and-dirty battle being waged all around them, several extras were clearly seen just having the time of their lives.

Yeah, guess they are pretty entertained (Gladiator)

Apparently, they got under director Ridley Scott’s skin so much that he singled them out in his DVD commentary. We know Maximus asked, “Are you not entertained?” but their answer shouldn’t have been, “Yeah, absolutely.”

Lol, Aragon, you so crazy (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

If you didn’t accidentally leave the theater during one of The Return of the King’s 37 false endings, you may have caught something distracting and downright odd about Aragorn’s coronation. Shortly after being crowned King of Gondor, Arwen is presented to Aragorn as his queen. While Arwen and her father Elrond are revealed, a guard behind them is just laughing his head off.

Lol, Aragon, you so crazy (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

It’s completely bizarre, as there’s no apparent reason for his laughter. Then, just as abruptly as it began, he catches himself and stops laughing. It sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise moving scene.

Maybe he’s a vegetarian? (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Raiders Of The Lost Ark is George Lucas’s love letter to the adventure serials of his childhood that crafted an entirely new, thrilling tale starring the world’s coolest archeologist – Indiana Jones. In perhaps the movie’s most famous scene, Indy faces an Egyptian swordsman.

Maybe he’s a vegetarian? (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Many fans know Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery at the time and couldn’t face engaging him in physical battle, like the script called for, so he shot him. What most don’t know is that the butcher behind Indy throughout the scene is the worst actor ever, using his knife so weakly that the meat can just get up and walk away.

Live long and pros– Oops, wrong sci-fi property! (Logan’s Run)

Though regrettably forgotten today, 1976’s Logan’s Run was a solid sci-fi adventure flick. The movie’s plot was intriguing – a supposedly utopian society of young people enjoys life’s base pleasures by secretly executing every person who turns 30.

Live long and pros– Oops, wrong sci-fi property! (Logan’s Run)

The movie ends with the young people meeting the first old man they’d ever seen. As they flock to touch him in disbelief, one hand is raised… and gives the Star Trek Vulcan salute. The extra later said he just wanted a way to locate himself in the movie, and didn’t actually mean to create an inadvertent crossover.

A bigger pro than the movie deserved, frankly (The Last Samurai)

The Last Samurai is the tale of how Japan needed a white guy to save it, and that guy just happened to be Tom Cruise. Joking aside, the movie isn’t completely pulled out of the screenwriters’ kiesters, as several Western soldiers did help modernize Japanese forces in the 19th century.

A bigger pro than the movie deserved, frankly (The Last Samurai)

Cruise’s fictional U.S. Army captain Nathan Algren apparently did a good job of marshaling the Japanese troops. So good, in fact, that when he dismounts from his horse and the animal kicks an extra right in the family jewels, he falls right into formation again. Now THAT’S discipline!

‘Eh, I’ve seen worse’ (The Day After Tomorrow)

The Day After Tomorrow is the disaster movie Greta Thunberg would’ve made. Based on a book by two late-night radio chat show hosts who definitely aren’t scientists, its plot revolves around a new ice age brought about by global warming. Instead of taking a really long time, however, this ice age seems to be on a tight schedule so it happens overnight.

‘Eh, I’ve seen worse’ (The Day After Tomorrow)

In one scene, a torrential storm the likes of which has never been seen before batters our planet. People are fleeing like ants, except for one guy who just stands there and does nothing. How dare you?!

Now where did that pesky button go? (Star Wars – Return Of The Jedi)

Let’s face it – the original Star Wars trilogy suffers from a severe extras problem, which George Lucas apparently tried to rectify later by making the entire cast CGI. Nevertheless, in the originals we still had actual people wearing costumes, which led to some hilarious situations. The Mon Calamari, which Admiral Ackbar belongs to, are a race of seafood-looking dudes.

Now where did that pesky button go? (Star Wars – Return Of The Jedi)

In one Return of the Jedi scene, a Mon Calamari extra who obviously can’t see through his costume misses the button he’s supposed to press by a good six inches, realizes it with a start, and then walks over to where it is.

He’s really a pacifist (The Dark Knight Rises)

Christopher Nolan may be the most punishing director since Stanley Kubrick. We don’t mean that he browbeats his actors with countless takes, mind you, but that he has an eye for detail that’s unrivaled in Hollywood.

He’s really a pacifist (The Dark Knight Rises)

With that in mind, you might think that he’d only hire the best fight choreographers and stuntmen, especially considering The Dark Knight Rises featured several mutli-man fight scenes. In fact, so many people were involved in the pulse-pounding Wall Street battle, that some stuntmen must’ve been replaced by extras. Y’know, like the guy who threw a wild haymaker at… thin air.

Monkey see, monkey not do (Planet Of The Apes)

In the more than half a century since its release, the original Planet of the Apes has become something of a dystopian movie trope – “They were on Earth all along!” Nevertheless, it’s still a super effective sci-fi thriller, and you can really feel the confusion and anger that Charlton Heston’s character feels.

Monkey see, monkey not do (Planet Of The Apes)

In one scene especially, he gets pelted with stones by the apes, who enjoy making him suffer. Well, most of them do. One extra just seems like she’s scared for her own life, while the other throws the stone so limply it barely clears her body.

Bash bash bash, bashing all day (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Based on a comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service has some pretty over the top scenes. Perhaps none of them are as brutally epic as the fight that breaks out in a Kentucky church. Harry Hart, member of the eponymous private intelligence group, has to fend off the entire congregation in a series of one-shot takes.

Bash bash bash, bashing all day (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

It’s really hard to make out in all the hullabaloo, but one extra appears in the background several times, swinging a chair as weakly as a dehydrated grandmother. Once you notice it, you can’t look at anything else.

Aaaand… vogue! (Jurassic Park)

Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s cautionary tale about our obvious desire to recreate dinosaurs, has several antagonists. There are, of course, the dinos themselves, but we hesitate to truly call them “evil” – they’re just acting according to their biological imperatives. Then, there’s Dennis Nedry, played by Newman from Seinfeld.

Aaaand… vogue! (Jurassic Park)

He’s obviously evil, but he only works for the REALLY evil dude – Dodgson, who works for John Hammond’s corporate rivals. His biggest crime, though, is not closing cab doors. Still, his taxi driver went a bit overboard with his reaction, producing a diva-like flourish to show his absolute disdain.

This guy ruined The Dark Knight Rises for everyone (The Dark Knight Rises)

While not nearly as good as the first two movies in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises was still an okay bookend to the story. At least, it was if you could get past Tom Hardy’s still mystifying decision to have Bane sound like Darth Vader with an Irish accent.

This guy ruined The Dark Knight Rises for everyone (The Dark Knight Rises)

The uproar surrounding Bane’s voice can actually be traced back to one guy – an extra who took cellphone video of the Heinz Field disaster scene. Clearly in violation of his NDA, his video caught Hardy’s mumbled delivery over the loud speakers, sparking widespread internet anxiety.

Stop, seizure time! (Die Hard 2)

Quick, what’s the greatest Christmas movie ever? If your answer wasn’t Die Hard, it was false. And while Die Hard 2 was pretty much the same movie but in an airport instead of an office building, we still liked it.

Stop, seizure time! (Die Hard 2)

Taking place at Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, John McClane once again has to save his wife from terrorists. Mondays, are we right? Anyway, when the bad guys take over the airport, they cause a panic. The reaction’s understandable… but one guy took it perhaps a bit too far by flopping on the floor like a fish out of water.

Don’t think you’re supposed to chug coffee… (SATC 2)

Considering how much Kim Cattrall hates Sarah Jessica Parker these days, we’re probably never getting a proper SATC reunion. Don’t talk to us about And Just Like That… – no Samantha, no thank you. Honestly, HBO, you’re such a Miranda. All we have left is watching the original show and the two movies… which made us discover something.

Don’t think you’re supposed to chug coffee… (SATC 2)

In one SATC 2, the girls are sitting in a restaurant chatting away. A guy’s sitting behind Samantha and every time they cut to him – about every two seconds – he chugs his coffee. Then, one cut later, the waiter’s clearing the table. Did he get teleported away by aliens?

Six degrees of Jesse Heiman (So many movies)

An extra’s job is to blend into the background to provide some life to a scene without taking even one iota of attention away from the actual stars. Simple, right? Meet Jesse Heiman. Dubbed the “world’s greatest extra,” he’s appeared in countless movies, as well as TV shows.

Six degrees of Jesse Heiman (So many movies)

Pictured here are his appearances in Spider-Man, The Social Network, Catch Me If You Can, American Pie 2, Old School, and Transformers. By the way, Michael Bay handpicked him to be in not one but two of the Transformers movies. With a distinct look and an IMDb page that’s about 70 credits deep, he might be the world’s WORST extra.

‘A whaaaat?’ (Jaws)

Technically, extras aren’t supposed to have any lines. Every so often, though, one gets promoted to a speaking part. It doesn’t always go spectacularly well, but it never went as spectacularly horribly as it did in Jaws. So, a shark has been fished out, and some townsmen come over to appreciate it. One man, known as Pratt in the credits, keeps wondering what kind of shark it is.

‘A whaaaat?’ (Jaws)

When Richard Dreyfuss’s character replies that it’s a tiger shark, ol’ Pratt replies, in a weird cartoon character voice, “A whaaaaat?” There’s a reason the actor, Dick Young, has literally never appeared in anything else.

World’s worst server (Groundhog Day)

We sincerely hope you don’t need us to explain the plot of Groundhog Day to you. Suffice it to say that a jaded TV weatherman learns about compassion and love by entering into a time loop and going to a really dark place. It’s one of Bill Murray’s finest role.

World’s worst server (Groundhog Day)

Decidedly less fine is the extra playing the restaurant in this scene. After taking the table’s order, she puts her hand on the elderly man’s shoulder – for some reason – and walks off. But check this – she left some schmutz on him! That’s the opposite of what servers are supposed to do!

Well, that’s disturbing (Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump is about a “local idiot” getting into increasingly convoluted situations that place him at the center of globally important events. In one of those scenarios, he gets a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. Then, during a game, Forrest scores a touchdown and just keeps on running right out of the stadium.

Well, that’s disturbing (Forrest Gump)

His coach quips that he might be the stupidest so-and-so alive, but he sure is fast. During the entire scene, his assistant coach never stops smiling that disturbing, open-mouthed grin. Finally, mercifully, he bellows, “YEAAH!” and we were just thankful for anything to make him change facial expressions.

This dude has only one setting – 11 (The Return of the Musketeers)

Don’t sleep on “The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin” just because it’s a Russian movie or because it has what might be the longest title in cinema history. It also has something else – one of the worst, hammiest extras we’ve ever seen on any movie, Russian or otherwise.

This dude has only one setting – 11 (The Return of the Musketeers)

While the Musketeers are talking to a… queen, we guess, about… jewels? We don’t know, it’s all Russian. Anyway, this guy in the black hat was supposed to go for “listening intently.” Instead, he landed somewhere north of “too campy even for RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Hey, quit stealing Data’s thunder! (Star Trek Generations)

Star Trek Generations is the movie that dares ask the important questions – like, “What if we can stress test all of William Shatner’s toupées to see if they ever fall off?” They don’t, but the movie certainly does. This extra, who should’ve never been allowed to graduate from Starfleet Academy, makes his appearance after the Enterprise successfully blows up a Klingon Bird of Prey.

Hey, quit stealing Data’s thunder! (Star Trek Generations)

As the crew celebrates, one redshirt makes a limp-wristed fist pump. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t immediately followed by an en-fuego fist pump from Data. Don’t undermine the stars, redshirt. This is why you guys always die.

Is that… is that Elvis? (Home Alone)

For just over two decades, Home Alone was the highest-grossing live action comedy film of all time in the United States. That distinction was well-deserved – it really does have everything, from Joe Pesci in a kids’ movie to a child designing life-threatening traps. Oh, did we mention it also has Elvis?

Is that… is that Elvis? (Home Alone)

We apologize in advance for how stupid this is, but for years the rumor was that the guy circled here was actually The King. He isn’t, of course – Elvis is living in Barbados away from the public eye – but we can never watch that scene without thinking about it.

We feel so bad for laughing… but we did (Titanic)

Good Lord, Titanic took forever to get to the point. For a movie with an ending everybody in the theater already knew about, James Cameron beat around the bush so much we wanted to call the bush an ambulance. Once that ship starts sinking, though – that’s when the fun begins.

We feel so bad for laughing… but we did (Titanic)

For us, that’s when the movie stopped being about two dull people and started being about all the creative ways people can drown. Take Propeller Man, for instance. After falling from the boat, he made a metallic clang and then spun into the water like he was Sonic the Hedgehog. There’s no way that wasn’t played for laughs.

Yeah, you’re pronouncing that right (Batman Begins)

We’re here for Batman Begins. It sets the stage for everything that comes later in Christopher Nolan Bat-trilogy, before it’s ruined by Tom Hardy’s “Darth Vader wearing a jockstrap” routine. Anyway, Batman Begins shows us how Bruce Wayne was trained by Ra’s al Ghul.

Yeah, you’re pronouncing that right (Batman Begins)

Back in Gotham, Bruce throws a party for himself, and is then accosted by a socialite who wants to introduce him to someone – Ra’s al Ghul. First off, didn’t she find it strange that Bruce said he watched Ra’s perish? Oh, and why do both the socialite and the fake Ra’s shuffle off without a word while the movie goes on without them?

Okay, settle down, random citizen (RoboCop 2)

Whereas RoboCop masked a pretty biting satire of consumer culture with gratuitous, over-the-top violence, RoboCop 2 dispensed with all that thinky stuff and left in just the gratuitous, over-the-top violence. Well, that’s not entirely fair. There is one scene that made us think – specifically, “How on earth did no one tell that guy to relax?”

Okay, settle down, random citizen (RoboCop 2)

After the gentleman in the first photo tries to interrupt a press conference, he gets shouted down by the audience. Then, long after everyone else stopped, the extra in the final photo is still going, apparently mortally offended that anyone would dare to do such a thing.

Really aiming to live out that title, huh? (Almost Famous)

Frances McDormand is an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony-winning actress. When she’s up on the big screen, you can’t look at anyone else. Well, except for that one scene in Almost Famous. McDormand plays Elaine, the mother of the movie’s main character. In one scene, she attends his graduation despite the fact he isn’t actually there.

Really aiming to live out that title, huh? (Almost Famous)

It’s supposed to be a small, intense moment – and it would’ve been, in not for the extra over her shoulder completely mugging it up. Singled out in the DVD commentary by director Cameron Crowe himself, he said she did exactly what extras shouldn’t do.

Maybe acting just isn’t for you, man… (Animal House)

Animal House will be remembered for many things – it was John Belushi’s breakout movie role after becoming a star on Saturday Night Live, it paved the way for so many raunchy college comedies… and it had a scene where a guy was apparently twitching like he was possessed.

Maybe acting just isn’t for you, man… (Animal House)

The scene in question is ostensibly about the wormy Dean Wormer receiving a gold-plated whistle as honorary grand marshal of a parade. Now, we don’t know if the extra twitching so obviously has a medical condition or what, but whatever the case – maybe a career necessitating staying inconspicuous in the background isn’t for him…

Independence is overrated, really (Braveheart)

So what if Braveheart is more fictional than Frozen? It’s THE movie Mel Gibson was famous for as a serious actor, before we collectively decided to pretend he doesn’t exist anymore. At any rate, it’s a good movie about William Wallace and his fight to free Scotland from the evil English. Spoiler: it doesn’t work. What works even less is the extras’ acting.

Independence is overrated, really (Braveheart)

These two, for example, are supposed to be locked in mortal combat – a fight that will determine who will control this piece of land. It should be epic, but instead it’s two disinterested dudes half-heartedly clanging rubber swords together before giving up.

Great efforts, guys (Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare)

Admittedly, this is cheating because Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare is a TV movie that was never theatrically released. Still, a movie’s a movie and this counts. Here’s the thing about sword-and-sandals flicks – they almost always feature a huge battle involving a gazillion extras. And they all look epic and exciting… so long as you don’t look too closely.

Great efforts, guys (Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare)

Hannibal’s actually the exception to that rule, because you don’t even need to look closely to see it’s terrible. From the guy wearing plaid on the left to just every extra fighting like a four-year-old at recess, we wish Rome returned just so it could fall again.