Over the two years that we’ve lived in Taiwan we’ve mentioned the perks of being some of the few white people in an Asian world, but I think being asked to be in movies tops them all. That’s right, I said movies, plural. In the last three weeks, we’ve been asked to be in 2 movies! (Granted, we’ll probably be extras in the back ground, but these opportunities don’t come around everyday people.) We of course said yes, because that’s what you say when someone asks if you want to be in their movie, right?!
Unfortunately, we quickly learned there’s a reason we’re teachers and not actors, the reason you ask? We. Can’t. Act. After agreeing to be in the first movie, we met up with some of the movie people for what we thought was a “we’re gonna film on this day and you need to wear this and act like you’re talking in the background” meeting turned out to be an audition. We were as astonished as you because like I said before, we can’t act. They wanted us to act out a short scene where we were riding our bikes and I fall off mine and Nick has to check on me, then stop a passing car to take me to the hospital. They gave us a few minutes to think about it and practice, and then things got hilarious.
Picture this- we have no props, we’re standing in plain view of all the passersby, and we have no idea how to make this look real, but we do it anyways, because we’re dedicated. So they say go, or action or whatever the movie term is, and Nick and I start our pathetic attempt at acting. I fall down off my invisible bike and do some whimpering and crying for help. Nick rushes over and sees that I’m okay, then tries to stop cars. At this point we think we’re done, but they say “No, keep going,” so we keep going. Thankfully I’m supposed be the injured, so no one can see my embarrassed smile because my body is blocking my face. Nick stops invisible cars like a pro, and eventually I hobble over to the “car” and they rush me off to the hospital. End of scene. We of course apologized to the people about our horrible acting skills, and they reassure us that it’s okay, but now they have to send it to the director to see if he likes it. We haven’t heard from them yet, so, we’re not getting our hopes up, but there’s always our second movie. That could be our big break!